The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden

Photo's en film footage of German troops in Oisterwijk

The convent for nuns called Catharinenberg in Poiterstraat. Here the Germans had located a field dressing station were they treated their wounded
This RAF reconnaissance photograph from September 13 1944 clearly shows red cross markings painted on the roofs of the buildings in use for the German fielddressing station.
This was done deliberately to prevent an areal bombardement on the convent buildings.
To the right the St.Petrus church and its cemetery.
German troops at the leather company
German officers visit Oisterwijk and the leather company
Osttruppen at the leather company.
Foto's en film van Duitse Troepen in Oisterwijk
The leather company grounds adjacent the railway line Tilburg-Boxtel.
Storage of goods at the German army medical supply depot in Oisterwijk called WVA Wehrmacht Verplegungs Amt.
The leather company photographed from the curch tower of the St. Petrus Banden.
Film of the German WVA in Oisterwijk (no sound)
Hotel Bos en Ven at moor klompven in Oisterwijk.
Here resided the German Luftwaffe Staff of Airbase Gilze-Rijen.
Just after our liberation several members of our government in exile also resided in this hotel after arriving by plane from London at the Eindhoven aerodrome.
One of them was the prime minister of Holland, Gerbrandy.
He would rule Holland for a short period from this hotel in Oisterwijk.
Osttruppen in Oisterwijk.
Warning sign for trespassing in German and Dutch located near the German ammunitiondepot in the woods around Oisterwijk.

Obergefreiter Franz Anton Kolb perished on October 26 1944 during the defence of his position along the Oisterwijk front. His sanctuary card reads he was buried (by the British) on “the cemetery for heroes” St. Petrus in Oisterwijk. Remarkable choice of words!

Your Grave in Enemy territory far away

Is very Painful for us,

But take our Word for It:

Your Grave will not be abandoned.

For during the evening when the Bells are ringing,

Our loving Spirit will Travel there

And will Sprinkle you praying, Flowers of devotion

On your Heroes grave with a religious Spirit.

My Lord, Mercy!

Our Father...                                Ave Maria...


Kosel-Print, Kempten


Peace and Quiet


Our loving brother, brother in law and uncle

Franz Anton Kolb

Corporal in an Infantry-Regiment

holder of the Eastern Front Medal

born on May 30, 1915 in Obereiberg

fallen Oct. 26, 1944 at Oisterwijk/Holland

He rests on the German cemetery for Heroes

St. Petrus in Oisterwijk/Holland





Brick roads throughout the Oisterwijk woods made by the German army can still be found today under a small layer of sand.
A German grease pit from the NKKS, the German transport unit.
It is still visible in the Oisterwijk woods.
Film footage of Germans in Oisterwijk (no sound)
Germans make a road trip to Eindhoven departing from the area near the city of
From Eindhoven the trip then went to Tilburg by train, but before arriving in this city the train stopped at the Oisterwijk trainstation. (no sound)

German troops at Oisterwijk trainstation. Its presumed these troops where photographed during their stop at Oisterwijk trainstation. The train followed the railline to Tilburg from the direction of the town of Boxtel. (date unknown)

Two Osttruppen soldiers pose for the camera. Osttruppen-Eastern Troops were conscripts and volunteers from the occupied eastern territories recruited into the military of the Third Reich during the Second World War.