Karel van Gelre was an important count around 1500. Numerous wars with the Germans, French and Spanjards were fought during his life. Through careful choosing his opponents and friends. Karel gain influence and power in the Netherlands and established the foundation for the present Kingdom.
The statue of Karel is located at the Jansplein at Arnhem.
Ome Jan van Lankwaarden was a bar owner in nearby Rheden. A local sculptor made a statue of him in the 1970-s, but the local counsel did not want to place the piece of art at Rheden.
The Arnhem consel in contraray, was interested and Ome Jan's statue was place in the Wielakkerstraat.
Since 1978 the Rheden bar De Stofwolk is run by Jan's son Willy and his wife Marjo.
The VVV Arnhem Tourist Info- Toeristeninformation is located at Stationsplein 13 - 6811 KG Arnhem.
Arnhem Start Page
City counsil start page
Arnhem is probably best known for that Bridge of which they even made movies.
During WW2, the allied forces launched operation "Market Garden" to take control of the bridge in Arnhem and liberate the northern part of the Netherlands. But someone made a small mistake and went for the next bridge. The operation failed and the northwest of the Netherlands had to wait for the whole winter before liberation came. This also happened to be a very harsh winter, with hardly any food to eat except for the roots of flowers.
Many things in Arnhem still memorate to this part of History.
I visited Arnhem few times during the 80’s and recently for one day only. It is not big and not small city. I like the nightlife in the centre of the city, especially during the summer days. There are few interesting sites to visit here and for more information you can visit the official site:
Fondest memory: Hemmm... that was long time ago... 1986... ;-)
Favorite thing: On the second of June we were honoured by the visit of Kay (VT-membername: Haldane) and her daughter Keziah. They were travelling in the East of The Netherlands and we agreed in a mini-meeting and tour in / around Arnhem. Of course we went up the tower to ring the bell and though the weather was somewhat windy and rainy, we had a great day together. We saw Arnhem's centre as well as the castle of Doorwerth (including a tour inside) and took a short walk on the estate of Mariëndaal. We had some lovely talks and hope that we will meet again. Kay, Keziah ... it was great !!! Thanks for coming over.
Favorite thing: From Essen to Japan by Arnhem, well that's an original route. Sandra, on VT known as "Hundertmorgen" visited us in Arnhem on a chilly Februari day. We talked in Breda-meeting and mailed and as it happens Sandra has this year (2004) the opportunity to go to Japan and I was immediately telling enthusiastically about my trip to this wonderful country. So, to get more closer into the Japan-travelling material we met and chatted about it. Of course only after we spend sometimes in Arnhem centre and Burgers Zoo, a place she wanted to go to already for a few years. It was a great day and ... we'll meet again. That's for sure.
This picture is a favorite picture of mine ,it show 3 in 1 .1) It shows the Airborne Monument 2) It shows the '' Walburgis Church '' and 3) the '' Esebius Church .
In my Gelderland page I will show much more about Churches in Arnhem still to come
In this picture it show the '' Airborne plein ''
or '' Airborne Square ''.with in the center a roundabout for cyclists.This area is a large Memorial with a large Monument.
The columm in the center is a piece that was left over standing of the former '' Palace of Justice ''.Arnhem was very heavily damaged due to the bombing..
Favorite thing: During the advance on the bridge Lt Col Frost commanded his battalion with great initiative and skill and by considerable enemy forces had been outflanked and the northern end of the bridge captured together with sixty prisoners. All attempts to capture the southern end of the bridge failed. The bridge itself was covered by fire from the south bank of the river while the railway bridge further downstream was blown before Lt Col Frost could get a company across.
This is a picture of the Commemoration for the only Dutch Military officer in this battle that died on the the 18 September 1944.
This little Park , Groenewoud Plantsoen close to the Bridge where some of the fighting took place has been named after Captain Groenewoud..
This officer was a Reserve Captain of the
Infantery ,he was born in 1916 and died in battle on September 18 1944.
The Dutch Military Williamsorde was awarded postumus to Captain Groenewoud.
Favorite thing: In 1976, Frost was invited onto the set of the Richard Attenborough film, "A Bridge Too Far", where he acted as a military consultant during the scenes concerning Arnhem Bridge. In 1977, the reconstructed Arnhem Road Bridge was christened the John Frostburg in honor of those who battled furiously to defend it, though he had originally been hesitant about accepting this offer, but was prevailed upon by Freddie Gough. In 1980, he published a well received novel about his wartime military career, A Drop Too Many.
It was only when the enemy, having burned the defenders out of each house in turn, set fire to Brigade Headquarters house, where there were nearly 300 wounded that had to be surrendered, that co-ordinated defence ceased. Lt Col Frost though wounded on Wednesday morning, showed the greatest courage and determination throughout the battle.
It was largely due to his fine leadership that the position was maintained intact for over three days.
Favorite thing: Despite no re-supply of ammunition and food, this force, under the commanding officer and inspiring leadership continued to fight magnificently; very heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy, and many tanks, S.P. guns and half track vehicles were destroyed.
Favorite thing: During the night a few other troops arrived and by the morning of Monday 18th September Lt Col Frost found himself in command of a force consisting of one Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Brigade Headquarters, one troop of Royal Engineers and a small party of Royal Army Service Corps. Meanwhile the remainder of the Brigade had met with intense resistance and, with the enemy constantly reinforcing with infantry and armour, all attempts to reinforce the defenders of the bridge proved hopeless.