STARS AND STRIPES
on a dutch dyke
On April 29th we celebrated our queen Beatrix's birthday. Because our country was liberated on may 5th 1945 every year around these days there are tours and demonstrations to remember.
Today there was a tour in the surroundings of our village.
Here are some pics!
At first there arrived some MP's on Harley-Davidsons!
Those motorcycles were legendary because of there heavy sound.
"Liberators" became their nickname
On this pic: Henkie, our boy next door!
Then a Sherman tank arrived.
Henkie, who is really interested in worldwar II told me it had a 4" gun.
There were about 100 vehicles.
This is a White half-track
Dodge Beep with sirene
Wrecker tank based on a Sherman
Another lighter tank
Look at the foldable motorcycle on the turret !
Frist GMC 'deuce-and-a-halve'
CCKW 353 is their US army discription
It's written in my memory :-)
I think this GMC might have a civilian cab from the '50thies.
After WWII lots of GMC were converted to dump trucks or tippers. They were strong and lasted until the mid-seventies. I even know a lumberyard owner who still uses one to haul logs out of the forest!
A wrecker. Maybe a Mack or a Ward de la France. It has a diesel engine!
These guys were smoking large cigars like they were Winston Churchill himself!
I like those GMC's.
They rebuilt Europe after WWII
On the background the church of Slijk Ewijk.
White halftrack with anti-aircraft artillery
American Jeep with Dutch flag!
GMC with soldiers.
This village is named Slijk Ewijk.
Problaby 'Slijk Ewijk' cannot be pronounced by English speaking people, in the war it was called 'Slikky Wicky' .
On the other hand 'thank you very much' was
converted by the Dutch to 'thank you for de muts' (what means: thank
you for the hat ;-)
- D-day stranden in Normandie
- U-boot in Laboe bij Kiel
- La-coupole V2 bunker
- Tankmuseum in Munster, Duitsland
- Fort Eustis Militair museum USA
Our road trip to the Bulge / Ardennen.
Museum in Calais
Ardennen 1 (diorama)
Ardennen 2 (diorama)
Ardennen 3 (diorama)