Information about musea and infocentres
Airborne Museum Hartenstein
OPERATION MARKET GARDEN
In September 1944 a major military operation is performed: Market Garden. The Allies want to liberate the Netherlands and around penetrate the Siegfried Line to Berlin. A combination of a surprise attack by airborne troops (Airbornes) to capture the bridges over the rivers (Market) and ground troops then occupied the bridges (Garden).
GOAL: the bridge at Arnhem – BATTLE OF ARNHEM
Nearly 12,000 British and Polish airborne troops fighting in Arnhem and surroundings to capture the target: the Rhine bridge. The bridge is achieved by 700 allied forces on 17 September. For four days there is heavy fighting for its preservation. The rest of the 1th Airborne Division them does not reach, by heavy German resistance.
Ultimately retreat to Oosterbeek necessary for the area around Hotel Hartenstein hoping to maintain a beachhead have conquered the ground forces the Betuwe. After five days of heavy fighting hardship and pull the remnants of the division back on the Lower Rhine.
Hartenstein Hotel in Oosterbeek – HEADQUARTERS IN BATTLE
The Airborne Museum is housed in the former Hartenstein Hotel. Here, the headquarters was transferred from the British commander Major General R. E. Urquhart. The Battle of Arnhem became world famous by the film “a bridge too far” and the many films and books about it are released.
The museum holds the largest collection of authentic material about the battle. Guns, weapons, equipment, documents -both British and German. It is all exhibited in the villa and in the Airborne Experience. The experience is a 900 m2 space where you insistently experiencing the course of the Battle of Arnhem. Thus history comes very close.
AIRBORNE MUSEUM HARTENSTEIN
6862 AZ Oosterbeek
Tel. +31 (0)26 3337710
Glider collection Wolfheze
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 1944
The sky above the Netherlands is filled with lots of airplanes. This day and the challenge then countries in the fields around Wolfheze hundreds of major British gliders (gliders) and there are also thousands of British paratroopers down. It is the beginning of what is now the “Battle of Arnhem” call, an operation which aims to capture the bridge at Arnhem in the German occupiers.
BUT WHAT IS A GLIDER?
How big? How many men and material can come in? How is it controlled?
Glider Collection Wolfheze shows what a glider then. Through great original pieces, tangible memories, photos and stories, the exhibition gives an insight into the different types of sailplanes and use of these gliders.
Paul Hendriks from Wolfheze would so like to see Wolfheze receives more attention to what’s happening in and around the small town during the liberation. So not everyone knows that on that fateful Sunday, September 17th, 1944 hundreds of gliders landed to deliver thousands of troops and equipment.
Paul Hendriks is actually a ‘loner’ who many have succeeded in Wolfheze to capture the memory. At Campsite Lindenhof he received much help from campsite owner Jan Aalderink. He suggested a portion of a shed available to store military equipment. ,, Not only it is beautiful. Tangible results are also information boards on the wall of the reception building. For everyone to read at a glance what happened in Wolfheze. ”
Opened on fixed days and by appointment
GLIDER COLLECTION WOLFHEZE
Camping & Chaletpark ‘Lindenhof’
Tel. +31(0)6 10143467
Informationcentre: The Poles of Driel
The Information: The Poles of Driel highlighted the struggle of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade in the village of Driel during Operation Market Garden. It also goes into the creation of the Polish brigade, the ignominious treatment of the Poles after the failure of the operation and the friendly relationship that has arisen out of gratitude between Drielse population and Polish paratroopers.
The information center is the back of the RK Church of Driel established and visit daily from 9:00 to 17:00.
Kerkstraat 27, 6665 CE Driel.
Admission is free.
Directly in front of the church is situated a bus stop and there are sufficient parking spaces for cars and coaches.
Arnhems Warmuseum 40-45
In 1994 was opened in the former village school of Schaarsbergen the Arnhem War Museum 40-45. It offers visitors a unique overview of getting Aids, such as vehicles, weapons, uniforms and the like. But also of objects made of the very near, daily life. Sunlight Soap and Consi cigarettes to substitute coffee and ingenious in an oil painting integrated radio.
40-45 Arnhem museum gives not only a general overview, especially a very precise picture of what raises played in Arnhem area during the war. The privately run museum aims to keep the memory of this significant episode in the history alive and – preserve unique collection for posterity – still growing.
BACK IN TIME
Imagine yourself in the museum really back in time. Dioramas give an extremely realistic in detail beating image of scenes like that occurred in World War II. So you can – to name a few examples – how ingenious a Arnhem family created a hiding place, there is a fully equipped German command post and you will witness the looting of Arnhem. As unique as the way, the exhibition itself is the way you can hear. For it is always one of the museum staff ready to personally lead you around and answer all your questions.
The Arnhem War Museum 40-45 – where indeed a small shop part of it – is open all year round, except Mondays, open from 10:00 to 17:00. Please let know if you come with a group. Closed on 1st Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
ARNHEMS OORLOGSMUSEUM 40-45
Tel. +31 (0)26 4420958
By bus from Central Station with line 2, direction Schaarsbergen or Deelen-OC, stop Museum 40-45
Betuws Warmuseum Heteren
The remainder of the Battle of Arnhem, an historical past which can not be lost. The area between the rivers Rhine and Waal, the line Opheusden – Dodewaard took the Allies in September 1944 named ‘the island’.
A museum which shows you the fight in the Betuwe, the area between Arnhem and Nijmegen. Many objects are from veterans and residents of the area. Almost every object in the museum has its own story, so that you through oral explanations get a good picture of this Betuwse period. You see include original uniforms from both Allied and German soldiers who were present in the Betuwe. Also an important place in the museum has photographs, weapons, ordnance survey maps, the Dutch Resistance and the Dutch army in May 1940 (Grebbe / Betuwelinie).
Betuws Oorlogsmuseum Heteren
O.L. Vrouwestraat 36
6666 AL Heteren
Tel. +31(0)26 4722285
Militair Historisch Information Point Ede
The MHIP is the home of the Platform for Military History Ede. This organization aims to further document the rich military history of Ede and maintain access to the Ede people and interested parties. The battle that took place at Ginkel Heath on 17 and September 18, 1944 gets special dedicated attention.
The platform organizes lectures, excursions and battlefield tours in Ede. The most important is the battlefield tour Operation Pegasus
During Operation Pegasus battlefield tour to various sites visited that part of the Pegasus escape route, along which a large group of British airbornes was guided to the Rhine twice in 1944.
An expert guide will explain these sites and tell you about the Ede resistance, which played an important role in the organization of these escapes.
Transport takes place with old military vehicles. The Battlefield Tour is for young and old, for anyone who wants to know what happened at the time of the Second World War in Ede and surroundings.
The tours start at 13:00 and end around 20:00.
At the MHIP there is always a pop-up exhibition to see a current topic about Ede and is open by appointment. For more information see the website
The MHIP is located in the premises of the Veluwe Heath Brewery.
New Kazernelaan 2
6711 JC Ede
Museum Airforcebase Deelen
Deelen Airbase museum is in a former German building located on the road Hoenderloo Schaarsbergen. The venue for the German airfield at Deelen near Arnhem was chosen by German spies in 1937. On the bike plowed young German engineers by the Veluwe loose sand paths to determine the extent of the future Fliegerhorst. Even residents from that time reported by our support from the civilian population. NSB supporters were frequently visit “in cars with tinted windows” which then this Schaars Berger “long walks” were on the flight heath.
The Germans expand.
In 1940 the Germans began immediately after invading the Netherlands with the expansion of the airport for the “Night Fighters. All military buildings and bunkers were built as farmhouses. This was called “Heimatschutz Architektur”; building style, camouflage but real gardens had to do the allies believe that this was a normal piece of Dutch landscape.
In total, the complex grows to more than 4,000 hectares with supporting buildings and infrastructure, private tramway to the “pilot village” and a special train for the construction of the bunker Diogenes.
The size and quality was so good and great that immediately after the war in The Hague and in various newspapers seriously the question was whether or not Schiphol, but Deelen had to be developed to national airport. Even now Deelen is even greater than Schiphol.
Canadians use Deelen
In 1945, the entire Canadian 1st Army pulls back home, leaving behind their more than 37,000 vehicles on airport Deelen. That’s more than the entire pre-war fleet of the Netherlands together!
Many pictures, interviews, (secret) records and an authentic film giving an impressive time frame from the time when the Dutch state bought up it, restored and redistributed. They called this “Dump Deelen ‘or’ Demob Park Deelen.” The vehicles were used for the reconstruction and military equipment was shipped to Indonesia for the police actions.
Museum Vliegbasis Deelen
6816 SW Arnhem/Deelen
Tel. +31(0)6 20901649
OPERATION MARKET GARDEN
Operation Market Garden was intended to liberate the Netherlands and to push on to Berlin. With this surprise attack airborne troops were to seize the bridges over the rivers (Marketwire) so that the ground troops were advancing quickly (Garden). The British 1st Airborne Division was tasked to occupy the road bridge at Arnhem. An ambitious plan failed. The Battle of Arnhem began on September 17 and lasted 10 days long. On September 26, 1944, the Allies surrendered. Market Garden is etched at all involved in memory. And not just with them. The younger generations heard the stories were curious and still feel involved.
EYE WITNESSES TELL …
Which British soldiers fought for the bridge, now known as the John Frost Bridge? Who were part of the German troops who retook the bridge after heavy fighting? And what people in the surrounding houses were unwittingly involved in the battle?
The Information Battle of Arnhem tell witnesses – in image, sound and text – what they have seen, heard and experienced during those horrific septemberdagen in 1944.
THE INFORMATION CENTRE ‘BATTLE OF ARNHEM’
The Information Center (free access) is included in the city walk of the Tourist Office and Freedom Trail Arnhem.
The route can be found on www.freedomtrail.nl
The Information Center is only 15 minutes walk from the Central Station Arnhem. Or take the bus 20 direction Elderveld, stop Eusebiusplein.
Informatiecentrum ‘Slag om Arnhem’
The centre is closed but will re-open on a new location in 2017
The exhibition “The Battle of Arnhem – 70 simple past ‘visit on the first and second floors of the tower Eusebius.
The exhibition tells a visual report one of the heaviest Allied defeats of World War II. Day by day the events of the Battle of Arnhem is 17 to September 25, 1944 listed on the basis of eyewitness accounts of the military struggle.
As a result of the struggle of the people of Arnhem had to leave the city. The had to evacuate civilians and came back later in a totally destroyed city. The text and image of the exhibition allows visitors to empathize with devastation and the difficult construction of the town and church after the Second World War.
Also, the presentation shows the future plans for the “Supply Chain Battle of Arnhem” that this succinct history section is permanently anchored in the city.
Stichting Eusebius Arnhem
6811 EB Arnhem
Tel. 026 4435068