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Airport: ZA-0073 Wings of Freedom

Reenactment & Living History
Our WW2 aviation event at our WW2 airport are incomplete without the activities on the ground! Because we want to display the ‘Forties’ as real as possible, a historically correct airfield is being built. Around 250 re-enactors and historically dressed people depict the daily life of the Second World War. At the camp you can experience what life at an Allied airport looked like. You will encounter pilots, bomber crews and ground personnel from both the Royal Air Force, the US Army Air Force but also the counterpart, the German Luftwaffe. In addition, the various Allied army units are well represented, such as the Airborne troops, both American, British and Canadian. The entertaining staff such as engineers, chefs, office staff and nursing staff are also abundantly present. All of these people live at the camp throughout the event and therefore take along a suitable collection of vehicles, weapons and utensils alongside tents.
On the 6th June 1944 Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord; the long awaited invasion to free the countries of Europe from German occupation. Three months after the success of Overlord, from September the 17th to the 25th, Field Marshal Montgomery initiated the largest Airborne Assault in the history of warfare. Codename: Operation Market Garden.

Circumnavigating the Siegfried Line, Operation Market Garden was to establish the northern end of a pincher attack on the German industry in the Ruhr. Bridgeheads across the Meuse, Waal and the Lower Rhine were to be taken by Airborne Assault. Delays in securing other bridges at Son en Breugel and Nijmegen delayed the reinforcements, allowing the rallying German units time to counter attack and retake the critical last bridge of Arnhem. Market Garden had failed in its ultimate intention of ending the War before Christmas 1944.

75 years ago in Gelderland, a large number of temporary airfields and other infrastructure and logistical locations where established in support of the allied troops advance.

Location: Rijksweg 39, Ede, Nederland

Event date Wednesday 21st August 2019 to Saturday 24th August 2019 Airport: ZA-0073


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