History Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

The decision to construct the Airborne Cemetery at Oosterbeek was taken on june 5th 1945
after a meeting with the Renkum municipality and Lieutenant-Colonel Stott from the 21th
army group. In february 1946 the construction of the Airborne Cemetery was completed.
Until 1952 the crosses on the graves were made from sinc and from that year on all
replaced by the headstones.
The ground is owned by the Dutch government(Ministery of Defense) and in loan by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
There are not only British soldiers burried on the cemetery, but also Polish,
Canadian, Australian and soldiers from New-Zealand.
When in the summer of 1945 soldiers of the 1st Airborne Division were back in
Oosterbeek for the making of the film 'Theirs is the Glory' the idea was born for
an annual commemoration and a memorial service on the Airborne Cemetery.
The 1st Memorial Service was held on september 25th 1945 and Dutch schoolchildren
layed flowers on the graves of the heroes and since then they lay flowers every year.
It is the most emotional moment of the memorial service when the children enter the
cemetery and lay the flowers on the graves.


Roadsign 1947
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The first press announcement about the cemetery 21 July 1945
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Newspaper September 1945
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Newspaper 18 September 1945
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Newspaper September 1945
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Newspaper September 1946
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The Yorkshire Post September 1946
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Newspaper September 1949
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Rotterdam Newspaper September 1945
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Inscription at the entrance
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Aerial Photograph Cemetery January 1945(Photo credit Philip Reinders)
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Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery


Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

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Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

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Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

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Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

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