In the morning of 22 September, Major General Stanisław Sosabowski, commander of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade, established his headquarters in the house at Molenstraat 12. His bust now overlooks the former headquarters. In a wide circle around the house of miller Beijer, the various army units moved into position. They dug foxholes and set up a defense line.
From his command post, the general went to inspect his soldiers and, to the great hilarity of his men, he travelled on a ladies' bicycle.
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The bust of Major General Sosabowski, unveiled in September 2020, was created by artist Martin Abspoel. It overlooks the headquarters. © Stichting Driel Polen foto: Thijs de Jong
On September 22nd 1944 Riet Uijting took this photograph on the Molenstraat, corner of Baltussenweg. © Via particuliere collectie
During a visit in 1945, Polish soldiers took this photo of the house of miller Beijer, Sosabowski's headquarters. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen
Again the 1945 photo of the headquarters with a current shot of the house, number 12 on Molenstraat, on top of it. © Sikorski Institute en Stichting Driel Polen
Sosabowski next to his headquarters on Molenstraat talking to Captain Wrottesley of the Household Cavalry who arrived with the Polish troops on September the 22nd. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen