After action report OPERATION TORCH 2009


31 October 2009: Hans Jaket, member of Living History Group "Screaming Ducks", created the following movie about our day together:

Operation Torch is a trip, organised by the Screaming Eagles of WWII Foundation on a non-profit base, in co-operation with groups and
individuals who give their time, energy and passion to keeping the memory alive.

Below are Power Point slide shows from our day to day experiences on Operation Torch 2009. We will add as films, pictures and slide shows become
available. Photographers are Jo Engels, Dick Sterne, Leoni Wenstedt, François van Loo, Frank Mesu, Bianca Valkenier, Peter van de Wal,
Barry Pulles and many more.

Arrival and day 1 in Normandy, France
Thank you Mr Daniel Hamchin and villagers of Angoville au Plain
Interesting links:
- museum St Mere Eglise
- restaurant Le Roosevelt
- museum Dead Man's Corner
  Day 2 in Normandy
Interesting links:

- Arromanches 360
- Museum Arromanches
- US cemetary at Colleville
Day 3 and 4 Bastogne
Thank you Reg and Roby - our tour guides
  Day 5 Bastogne
Thank you Reg and Roby - our tour guides
Interesting links:
- McAuliffe's former HQ
- Bastogne Historical Center

Monday September 14th we used to find our way North to The Netherlands with a stop at the US cemetary in Margraten, to pay our respects.

More about Margraten on our site.


September 15th - Arnhem
No pictures yet, but thanks to Henk, our guide a great day.
Ending with dinner with a view on the John Frost bridge.
Interesting links:
- museum Arnhem / Oosterbeek
- Oosterbeek cemetary
- on Operation Market Garden (British)

September 16th - A day with special friends

The Screaming Ducks

September 17th - a busy day:
**Dropzone-A Eerde,
**Dedication artwork highway A50
**Liberation ceremony 501 Geronimo monument, Eerde

-interesting link Airborne Committee Eerde
September 18th - the liberation of Eindhoven,
the first major city
liberated during Operation Market Garden.

Interesting links:
- Dutch veterans' house Eindhoven
- Airborne Demonstration Team

September 19th

- museum Liberty Park in Overloon
- WWII style party Eerde
- induction ceremony Petra Wenstedt-Pulles

September 20th

- the Airborne Memorial Walk
- Dropzone-A Eerde memorial jump

September 21st - last day Operation Torch 2009

- visit to Best, Son and Saint Oedenrode
- Freedom Lecture with Lt Col Megellas and Gen. Petraeus


From 17-20 September numerous groups worked together to make a 4-day event happen in Eerde (near Veghel), The Netherlands.
Hans Jaket, from Living History Group the Screaming Ducks, made a collage about the event: Enjoy!

SPONSORS Operation Torch:
**bus company De Wilg, Bree, Belgium
**copy shop Koppie Koppie, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
**IT company Its Remarkable, Veghel, The Netherlands

An Operation Torch challenge coin is available at 12,50 euro (or $ 15) - order here

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