CWGC Marks Battle Of Arnhem Anniversary
16 September 2014
Interactive CWGC Visitor Information Panels at Arnhem Oosterbeek
War Cemetery will be unveiled on 20 September by the CWGC's Vice
Chairman, Sir Joe French, and CWGC Director of Western Europe Area,
Ian Hussein. The event will mark the start of a weekend of
activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of
Arnhem in the centre of the Netherlands, a major chapter in the
Second World War.
The panels enable smartphone users to learn about the fierce
fighting that took place at Arnhem and the surrounding area.
Visitors can use their phones to scan a code on the visitor panels
that links to a website that reveals the personal stories of some
of those who are buried in the cemetery.
Sir Joe French said: "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is
at the heart of events marking the 70th Commemoration of the Battle
of Arnhem. Our cemeteries and memorials lie dotted along the route
of the Allied advance and will stage many acts of remembrance this
month. The interactive visitor panel initiative will inform
visitors of the historical context which brought these places into
being, while putting a human face to the names of those who
Sir Joe French added: The work that the CWGC does to maintain
this cemetery, our efforts to encourage people to visit it, and the
panels that we have installed, will help us and future generations
to understand, and to remember, the great sacrifices made by the
Allied servicemen who fought and died here in 1944."
One of the personal stories revealed on the panels is that of
twin brothers Claude and Thomas Gronert. The two men joined the
army at the same time and fought in several campaigns together.
They shared their last moments together in Holland and are now
buried side by side.
A special CWGC tent featuring a small exhibition and extra
information will also be at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery for the
duration of the commemorative weekend. Visitors are welcome to come
and learn more about the history and cemetery.
For more details please contact: Jeroen Roskam on +44(0) 7812
369483 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org