De Westerbouwing

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On the hill near the Rhineriver,was the Westerbouwing, a popular restaurant in the 1940’s that lookedout over the Rhine at Heveadorp.The hil…

On the hill near the Rhineriver,was the Westerbouwing, a popular restaurant in the 1940’s that lookedout over the Rhine at Heveadorp.The hill offered a view of the surrounding area and wastherefore ofgreat strategic value.When the perimeter was established, the Westerbouwing lay in British territory andwas defended byB Companyof the1st Border Regiment.On Thursday 21September, a battalion of SS-troops attacked the Britishsoldiersnear Westerbouwing.These troops did not have much experience, but were supported by four tanks. The British soldiersopened fire and caused many casualtiesamongst the German soldiers. They also managed to shut downone of the tanks. However, their machinegun malfunctioned and the British troops had to retreat to alower point of the Westerbouwing.The retreating troops were followed by the tanks. Private George Everington ofNo. 12 Platoonof theBCompanywas in charge of his platoon's anti-tank gun andfound himselfat the rear of the retreatingtroops. He managed to take out two of the three remaining tanks, but unfortunately,this was notenough. The British troops carried out two more counterattacks totake back the Westerbouwing, but didnot succeed. The Westerbouwing was now in German hands and the British area on the Rhine was cut inhalf.At this point, you can also see the remains of Landgoed de Lage Oorsprong. This estate was completelydestroyedduring the Battle of Arnhem.

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