As the Polish troops could not cross the Rhine immediately on the first night, to support the British troops in Oosterbeek, they withdrew to Driel on the evening of September 21st, 1944. They took up defensive positions in the surroundings of 'De Nevel' farm. The men made foxholes, dug themselves in, and waited for the enemy. A few soldiers had to guard 11 prisoners of war. Two of them turned out to be Poles who had been forced into German military service.
Captured Germans under surveillance of the Poles. Presumably in the Molenstraat area.
Captured Germans under surveillance of the Poles. Presumably in the Molenstraat area. © Via particuliere collectie
In Oosterbeek, near villa Transvalia, along Kneppelhoutweg and Hoofdlaan, Polish paratroopers took up positions after crossing the Rhine. They dug themselves in and made foxholes for protection. © Gelders Archief: 1513 - 1504
Aerial photo from 1944: (1) Villa Transvalia, (2) Old church, (3) Kneppelhoutweg/Hoofdlaan, (4) Westerbouwing, (5) Your location © Dotka Data BV 2020