The Crossing: An Initiative By The Gelderlander Newspaper
De Oversteek (The Crossing), the new Nijmegen city bridge over the river Waal, is more than just a thoroughfare. This bridge, which will be put into operation in November 2013, is named after the heroic operation The Crossing conducted by American soldiers on September 20, 1944. On this day, US soldiers (as part of the Allied Forces ) tried to cross the river Waal, in rickety boats and with their life at stake, in order to fight and liberate Nijmegen from the German Nazis. They managed in this task – as part of operation Market Garden - at the cost of 48 dead soldiers. Who are those 48 heroes? On behalf of newspaper De Gelderlander I, Dorine Steenbergen, began a quest, almost seventy years later. From which US states were these boys? What were their dreams for the future? Who was anxiously waiting for their return home? Are they still in the minds of their families or relatives? I will report about these issues here.
The Gelderlander’s website is available in English and German as well as Dutch. One of the surviving veterans (Jim “Maggie” Megellas has also made a movie about the crossing.
/ February 27, 2014, 12:00pm / 4