LIBERATION ROUTE MARKER 67
WATER AS A WEAPON
The Liberation Route follows the course of the Allies during the liberation of Europe. The route starts in Normandy and continues via Nijmegen and Arnhem in the direction of Berlin. The Arnhem-Nijmegen region played an important role at the end of the Second World War. One of the largest airborne landings in history took place here during Operation Market Garden in September 1944.
The Liberation Route lets you experience what happened around Arnhem and Nijmegen in 1944 and 1945. There are many marked boulders at various locations throughout the region, the so called Audio Sites. You can listen to an audio report at each location about the impressive experiences of one or more persons during í44-í45. You can download these stories free here.. Itís also possible to rent an MP3 player with the stories at the tourist information shops VVV NL Shop Arnhem and VVV NL Shop Nijmegen / Nijmeegs Uitburo, at the Airborne Museum and at the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945.
Liberation Route Marker 21 (Water as a Weapon):
On Saturday 2 December 1944, when the water of the Rhine is very high, soldiers of the German 6th Airborne Division are using heavy explosives to hit a hole in the Drielsedijk. This lodding of the Betuwe is a German military tactic to stop an allied advance from the birdgehead north of Nijmegen. It turns into a flood disaster with major consequences for the residents, the warring parties as well as serveral inland waterway boats...
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- Text: Anneke Moerenhout
- Photos: Arjan Vrieze