The American Paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions have fought
along Hells Highway to ensure that the British XXX Corps can keep progressing
in the direction of Arnhem. The battle has been fierce and brutal. After
the initial stages of Market Garden and the failure of the last stages (reaching
the British Paratroopers in Arnhem), the region between the Neder-Rijn and
the Waal will be the scene of months of mostly static battle. This area is
known to the Allies as 'The Island'. From the other side of the Neder-Rijn,
on high grounds, the German 88's rule and punish every open movement within
sight. From Dodewaard and Opheusden in the West, to Driel, Elst and Lent
in the East the US Paratroopers are the Main Line of Resistance.
In the middle of this all lies a little town called
Valburg. The picture we are looking at is one of a knocked out Tiger near
What do we see, and what do we know ?
- Tiger nr. 124, in a ditch near a field. An (apple) orchard
in the back. Some trackparts are used on the turret. There is minor damage
on the left side of the tank, wheels and track seem to be OK. Side seems
to be covered with Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste. Color sceme: mostly
Gelb, with Grün and Dunkelrott. Personel seems to have been evacuated
since both hatches are open.
- A woman is standing on top of the tank, looking inside through
the open hatch. She must be 25-40 years of age (a least 85 now if she is
still with us).
- In our Photo Art submenu Then and Now, we have two pictures of a knocked
out Tiger near Valburg. We have been to that exact location. The farmhouse
is still there, so is the little electricity house on the second picture
in the Then and Now menu. The Tiger on those two collages has been flipped
over and some parts have been removed (as trophies?). A section of the
left skirt is missing.
- The region around Valburg is dotted with farms. Who knows this (farmers?)
woman, who has seen this picture before?
website is dedicated to all Allied Paratroopers of World War Two. They became
a 'Band of Brothers' who enlisted for a new
type of warfare. They jumped into occupied Holland on September 17th 1944 like
Angels from the Sky. We will honor their heritage.