The Brabant village Oisterwijk and Operation Market Garden
Photo's en film footage of German troops in Oisterwijk
The Catharinenberg convent for nuns in Poiterstraat. Here the Germans had located a field dressing station in the girls’ school building.
German troops at the leather company
German and Ostlegion soldiers at the leather company.
The leather company grounds adjacent to the railway line Tilburg-Boxtel.
Film of the German WVA in Oisterwijk (no sound)
Ostlegion soldiers in Oisterwijk.
Warning sign for trespassing in German and Dutch on a tree near the German ammunitiondepot in the Oisterwijk woods
Storage of goods at the German army medical supply depot in Oisterwijk called WVA Wehrmacht Verplegungs Amt.
The leather company photographed from the curch steeple of the St. Petrus Banden.
Obergefreiter Franz Anton Kolb perished on October 26 1944 during the defence of
Oisterwijk. 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...
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 s’-Hertogenbosch. From Eindhoven the trip then went to Tilburg by train, but before arriving in this city the train stopped at the Oisterwijk train station. (no sound)
German troops at Oisterwijk train station. It is presumed these troops were photographed
during a short stop at Oisterwijk. The train followed the rail line to Tilburg from
the direction of the town of Boxtel. (date unknown)
German officers visit Oisterwijk and the leather company.
Two Ostlegion soldiers pose for the camera. Ostlegion troop were eastern troops that
were conscripts and volunteers from the occupied eastern territories recruited into
the military of the Third Reich during the Second World War.
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 field dressing
station. This was done deliberately to prevent an aerial bombardment on the school
building. The arrow shows the convent itself. To the right the St.Petrus church and
its cemetery. The arrow marks the area were the Germans buried their dead.
Hotel Bos en Ven at moor klompven in Oisterwijk. Here the German Luftwaffe Staff
of Airbase Gilze-Rijen resided. Just after the liberation several members of the
Dutch government in exile returned to the Netherlands and stayed at this hotel after
arriving by plane from London at the Eindhoven aerodrome.