The organizers of Operation Market Garden 2019 recently reached full agreement with the authorities on all necessary traffic measures for both routes.
This is an important milestone because in the Netherlands in 2019 it is becoming increasingly difficult to have a vehicle convoy of this size spread over two weekends through two countries, three provinces and twenty different villages and towns. In particular with regard to the financing of the required traffic measures, the necessary obstacles were encountered.
The hundreds of participants who have already registered with their vehicles can therefore be reassured: we are going to drive, and you will soon be witnessing it!
For all doubters who have not yet decided to participate: this is your chance to participate, possibly for the last time, in one of the largest commemorative vehicle convoys the Netherlands and Belgium have ever experienced.
You can register until July 1 a.s. so take your time now via https://omg2019.nl/participants/
See you in Leopoldsburg!
Only four months left and our registration for participants is coming to an end! Yes indeed; If you still want to take part with your World War II vehicle, do not wait any longer and register today!
After 30 June registration is no longer possible and you won’t be able to participate. That would be a shame because our beautiful base camp offers you a whole week of entertainment in a historically correct ambiance.
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On December 11 our chairman Karel van Soest had the privilege and pleasure to meet the well-known WWII veteran Vince Speranza.
Vince enlisted in to the US Army on October 25, 1943. He volunteered for the Parachute Infantry. He was sent overseas with Company H, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from Camp Shanks aboard the Queen Mary. He arrived in France in November 1943 and would later fight in the Battle of the Bulge.
During the defense of Bastogne, his unit was defending the hamlet of Savy (a stone’s throw to the north of the center). During an attack by the German force from Longchamps one of his good friends was seriously wounded. When he asked Vince for a drink, and this was not immediately available in the neighborhood, after the attack Vince hurried to the center of Bastogne to look for something drinkable.
Continue reading “Vincent and Karel are best friends already”
On Thursday, September 19th 2019, we are organizing a veterans day on our basecamp DZA Vlagheide.
In cooperation with the Nederland-Amerika Foundation we are expecting to welcome around 20 World War II veterans! Among them we hope to welcome 101st Airborne veteran Vincent Speranza.
The day will start with honoring the veterans from the post-World War II conflicts, who also deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service.
Recently we presented to the authorities a concept plan for our convoys routes and we have been granted permission to finalize this. In March 2019 this plan will be finished and presented.
Our start in Leopoldsburg, Belgium, will add to the historical character of our event and we will be received as liberators, something you do not want to miss out on!
Our finish in Nijmegen on September 22nd will be very spectacular too. With historical boats the Waal river will be crossed by our Operation Market Garden re-enactment groups.
The amphibious vehicles will also be there to show their capabilities on the river. The municipality of Nijmegen has given us full cooperation and we are expecting the same from Rijkswaterstaat.
The precise location of this spectacle will be communicated at a later date.