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A Special Thank You

Gronsveld. 13 September 1944. In the afternoon of that day soldiers of the 30th infantery division "Old Hickory" of the 19th U.S. Army liberated Gronsveld after more than 4 years occupation by the Germans. There was only a short battle nearby a school in the village. One German and one American soldier died in that battle. For the rest there was no trouble at all, apart from some incidental gunfights.

On this picture, made by Gerrit van Megen, you see a jeep taken over a truck with a large cannon. This picture is taken at the former Dorpstraat, now Rijksweg.

A part of the south of Limburg is liberated by U.S. forces. The area from the Belgian border till the city of Sittard is liberated by the 19th U.S. Army. Also the Eindhoven-Nijmegen area is liberated by U.S. forces. The Eindhoven area by the paratroopers of the 101th Airborne Division. The area Nijmegen by the paratroopers of the 82th Airborne Division. The rest of the Netherlands is liberated by British or Canadian forces.
Gronsveld. Sunday 12 September 2004. 60 years later, the whole town of Gronsveld is celebrating there 60th anniversary of the liberation. There was a parade of worldwar 2 vehicles, and a show. And lot's of beer of course. At this picture, in front of my house, you see a Jeep passing by during the parade. Also in that parade, a real Sherman tank. Hard to believe that these Tanks are still going strong. This one is owned by a Belgian person, who is having three of these tanks in his privat collection! The same tank, but now from the back. I'm sure that the back of a Sherman tank was very popular by the German tankdrivers..................
Here you see a GMC truck passing by. This Belgian registered Jeep was also part of the convoy. Here is a GMC passing by. Amazing how all these trucks look like after more than 60 years!
This Dodge is still having a large gun on top of the truck. Real nice! Apart from the big trucks there were also smaller trucks. Here is a Dodge passing by. This GMC is named Smokey, and was also part of the parade.
There were quite some trucks that day. This GMC was also part of the show. This picture gives an impression how a Dodge Command Car, looked further down the Rijksweg, to the north, taken from the back. Also part of the parade was a Chevrolet tow truck. Everything of this truck is still fuctioning. It's amazing to see how these guys keep them going after more than 60 years!
The same Chevrolet, now seen from the back. After the parade, all the vehicles were parked up at the Rijksweg. There was a Dixie-band playing music of those days. And café "De Kerteermèister" was taking care of the drinks and food. A real nice show! An impression of some of the Jeeps. A lot of people came to the Rijksweg to see the show, altough there were more places around Gronsveld were they had their liberation-anniversary.
These two GMC's were parked up opposite the café. The Sherman tank was very popular by the local youth. Hmm.....Might a nice toy for my kids too! A view at the dashboard of one of the GMC
A closer look at the Chevrolet tow truck. There was even a crate of beer from the fourties on one of the trucks! I guess that's not what they meant with the explosives, or.............. This Jeep was also at the 60th anniversary of D-Day in the Normandy in France. Watch the stengun at the right of the Jeep.
Then suddenly this AEC truck passed by. This one visited one of the other anniversary-parties around Gronsveld, and was on it's way through our town. This AEC truck was owned by the Royal Air Force. The rest of that British AEC truck was even more interesting. Here you see a searchlight which they could use as they were searching for German bombers at night. Even a power supply for this enourmous light was behind the truck. I guess it all works to. After a while there was an other nice truck passing trough our town. In this case it was a beautifull restored Mack. Because the truck couldn't continueing overhead the Rijksweg, he had to turn a difficult turn to the left. For the driver that was a lot of sweating, because the trucks of those days had no power steering.
This REO truck was parked up in the Hennemettestraat, not far from the show. I guess this REO was the sparepart truck. At least there were people sleeping in the trailer that weekend. Around 7 pm, show time was over. This is an impression of how the Rijksweg looked like that day. It was a real interesting day, that's for sure!



A Special Thank You

I'd like to say many thanks to Roger Essers for his help to find out the marks of these trucks. Roger is a member of the 113th Cavalry Group Red Horse. This group is doing a great job with restoring these old beauties, and show them to the people in Europe. With these Worldwar 2 vehicles, they visite many Worldwar 2 parades and anniversary's in most parts of Europe. If you like to visit their website, here's the internet address: www.redhorse.be . Unfortunally most parts are only in Dutch. But they have also nice pictures on this website.

I also like to thank Jan van Baal. He gave me permission to download the 1944-picture from his part of the historical internetsite of Gronsveld, so I could use it at this site!

Thank you both!!!!




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