Eindhoven

Eindhoven (North Brabant Province) lies along the Dommel River, 68 miles southeast of Rotterdam. Eindhoven was chartered in 1232 by Henry I, Duke of Brabant. It developed after 1900 from a small village into one of the largest industrial centres of The Netherlands. In 1920 five adjoining municipalities were annexed, thereby increasing Eindhoven’s population from… Continue reading Eindhoven

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Dutch Op. Market Graves

There are three Dutch servicemen buried in Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery: Jacob Groenewoud, August Bakhuis Roozeboom and S. Swarts. JACOB GROENEWOUD Jacob Groenewoud was born on 8 November 1916 in Amsterdam. Upon being called up for military service in 1935, he was medically discharged due to poor eye-sight. Whilst working in South Africa, Germany invaded… Continue reading Dutch Op. Market Graves

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Oosterbeek Walk

Walking around Oosterbeek, you will pass numerous sites of interest to anyone interested in in the Market component of the Market-Garden operation. These sites will also be familiar to anyone who has seen the 1946 British film “Theirs is the Glory” directed by Brian Desmond Hurst. For anyone visiting the Operation Market-Garden area, you will… Continue reading Oosterbeek Walk

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Oosterbeek

This article is concerned with the Arnhem Oosterbeek Military Cemetery and the nine war graves located in the Renkum (Oosterbeek) General Cemetery. Both of these cemeteries are located in Oosterbeek, which is a quiet village located in the Gelderland Province. This article also mentions other points of interest in the area concerned with Operation Market… Continue reading Oosterbeek

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Josef Jakobs’ Petition

This post contains the text of Josef Jakobs’ unsuccessful appeal against his death sentence. THE COURT-MARTIAL OF JOSEF JAKOBS THE PETITION The humble petition by Josef Jakobs, a prisoner under sentence of death. To His Majesty the King. May it please Your Majesty, A most unhappy man makes this appeal for mercy at the bands… Continue reading Josef Jakobs’ Petition

Indian National Army

The Free Indian Legion was established by Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the rivals to Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership of the Indian independence movement. In contrast to Gandhi, Bose advocated a more aggressive confrontation with the British authorities. With the outbreak of war in Europe, Bose saw an opportunity to capitalise on Britain’s weakness. In January… Continue reading Indian National Army

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British Free Corps

This article contains MI5’s Report on the British Free Corps (BFC) dated 27 March 1945. The report was produced in Appendix I of Adrian Weale’s book “Renegades: Hitler’s Englishmen” (Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1994 ISBN: 0-297-81488-5). JOHN AMERY THOMAS COOPER WILLIAM PURDY GENERAL HISTORY About May 1943 the Germans announced to Prisoners of War… Continue reading British Free Corps

Ypres Town Cemeteries

There are two cemeteries contain war graves, adjacent to each other, 1 Km east of Ieper town centre: Ypres Town Cemetery and Ypres Town Cemetery Extension. YPRES TOWN CEMETERY Ypres Town Cemetery was used from October 1914 to May 1915 and once in 1918. The cemetery contains 145 First World War graves, grouped among the… Continue reading Ypres Town Cemeteries

George Dasch

The following article was taken from the famous cases section of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) web site. I became interested in the George Dasch case, following claims made by George Armstrong in his interrogation. OPERATION PASTORIOUS Shortly after midnight on the morning of June 13, 1942, four men landed on a beach near… Continue reading George Dasch

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Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Military Cemetery is located 3 miles west of Woking (Surrey), located right next to Brookwood Rail Station and the privately-owned Brookwood (Civil) Cemetery. In May 1917, with the establishment of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it was recognised that a cemetery for the burial of Commonwealth personnel who had died as a result of… Continue reading Brookwood Cemetery