This monument can be found at the Texel War Cemetery. It is to remember the friendshipbonds between Texel and Georgia.
This friendship goes back to the second world war.
Georgian soldiers, forced to serve in the German army, stood up against the Germans in april 1945. They killed the germans in their own batalion, but couldn´t win of the re-enforcements that the german army flew in. Besides this the german army in Den Helder began firing cannons at the island. In this battle, that took 5 weeks, 565 Georgians, 120 Texelaars and approx. 800 Germans died.
The Georgians are buried at Loladze cemetery at De Hoge Berg, near Den Burg.
After the war the people from Texel and Georgia kept in touch untill the cold war prevented the Texel - Georgia relationship.
This monument is placed here by the Georgians after the cold war, when ties between Texel and Georgia were fixed again.
More about this battle, also called the russian war, can be found in our Russian war travelogue.
Just walk through one of the seven villages of Texel. And look around, there is plenty to discover. This picture is a small church just outside the centre of Den Burg.
The fields are seperated by this little dikes to keep the sheep in the right field.
This path is at the hoge berg (see previous tip).
Before you enter the War cemetery you come across the cemetery of Den Burg, there are some monumental stones to be found here.
At the Texel War Cemetery you will find the graves of the about 400 pilots of the allied forces that were shot down above the island.
The War cemetary can be found at the Kogerstraat in Den Burg.