introduction
The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market-Garden

When we moved to a new neighbourhood in Oisterwijk back in 2007 me, my wife and my children, were invited by a new neighbour and his wife at his home.

During a conversation I learned that me and my neighbour shared the same interest in WW2.

Because he was born before the war and lived through this period of time as a young boy he could tell me lots of stories about Oisterwijk and its WW2 history.

After he told me about the military cemetery in our village I told him that I knew of this cemetery and that I often visited the Scottish soldiers who are buried there.

He also told of American and German soldiers that were ones buried on that cemetery until they were relocated after the war.

When I asked him if he knew why the American soldier were ones buried in Oisterwijk he told me that they where victims of a glider crash that occurred in Oisterwijk during operation Market-Garden.

He could not give me much more information about them and because he didn’t have a computer he asked me if I could possibly do research on the glider by use of the internet.

This started a quest for information about the glider and over the following two years I was able to gather lots off information.

 

 

 

 

 

This information was gathered and written down on paper and turned out to be an interesting story.

This story can be read here, supported by photo’s from then and now.

During my research I also came upon stories and information about other aircraft that crashed in this area and stories of US and British airborne troops dropped behind enemy lines in this area.

Also these stories were further researched and written down in this book.

For my research I consulted several foreign and domestic  archives, databases and internet publications and I read many books and documents regarding the subject.

I was able to gather a substantial amount of information through interviews with eyewitnesses who lived through the Second World War in Oisterwijk and by requests in the local media.

Also eyewitness accounts of veterans where used for this book.

In the end all this information was used for my story and eventually formed into this internet book.

Het Begin