Historical images compared with the current situations in the exact locations.

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Son, September 17th 1944

General Taylor and his staff race in Southern direction to Son down the road from the Drop Zone.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Lieutenants Williams, Schroeder and Haley of HQ/506th take a break at the foot of the Vlokhoven Church. Note fragments of slate from the roof tiles on the ground, shot down by troopers aiming at the steeple for suspected snipers.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A paratrooper of the 506th poses for the camera on Frankrijk Straat. Mister Kluijtmans watches the scene over the rims of his glasses.

Eindhoven, September 18th, 1944

Curious citizens take a look at the German 88mm gun that paratroops of "F"-Co./506th have just taken out on the junction of Frankrijk Straat, Woenselse Straat and Klooster Dreef.

Eindhoven, September 18th, 1944

After the link-up with the British XXX Corps, paratroopers of the 506th Regiment hitch a ride on an armored vehicle on Frankrijk Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th, 1944

A paratroop lieutenant takes 5 on a bench in front of No. 9 Frankrijk Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Annie Molteni (with striped socks) and the Van den Broek sisters offer paratroopers a cup of coffee at the entrance gate of the Frater School on Frankrijk Straat. The school is now an Islamic elementary school. Note Arabic half moon ornament in today's school fence.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Annie Molteni and Lenie van den Broek 'lead' a lieutenant of the 506th down Frankrijk Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

This picture is taken on Frankrijk Straat; just a few hundred yards South of the two German 88mm guns that "F"-Co./506th destroyed on Klooster Dreef (see specific Case File # 2). In the photo we see Colonel Robert F. Sink, the Commanding Officer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, walking towards the center of Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

This picture is taken on Frankrijk Straat; just a few hundred yards South of the two German 88mm guns that "F"-Co./506th destroyed on Klooster Dreef (see specific Case File # 2). In the photo we see Colonel Robert F. Sink, the Commanding Officer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, walking towards the center of Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Major Oliver Horton, Commanding Officer of 3rd Bn and Captain Harwick of "H"-Co./506th walk South on Demer. Demer was almost a vacant lot in 1944 as a result of an R.A.F.-bombing raid on the nearby Philips Factory on December 6th 1942.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A bit futher South someone took this picture of a group of paratroopers. In the "Now-"picture only the two buildings on the left have survived the 1942 bombing and the city's modernization.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Inf. Regt. move towards the bridges across the Dommel River on Ten Hage Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A paratrooper takes five on the steps of No. 11 Ten Hage Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

This, of course, is a classic! Paratroopers of "HQ"- Co./506th Regiment take five in front of the Catharina Church in the center of Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Troops of the 506th Regiment use a pram to haul their equipment on Keizers Gracht.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers of the 506th take time to pose with nurses on the steps of the Van Abbe Museum. Note the uniformed museum guard in the back of the 1944 photo. Today's guard posed for our comparison picture.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

An officer of "HQ"-Co./506th with his radio operator near the harbor in Eindhoven. We used an even older picture for comparison this time. The aerial photograph shows where the picture is taken near one of the bridges that were the objectives of the 101st in Operation Market Garden.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

This is the Then & Now comparison picture of the photos described above. The Eindhoven Canal harbor has no industrial function anymore and the regional Electricity Company now has its office building on the site of the café in the "Then-" pictures.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Captain Clarence Hester, S3-(Operations) Officer of 3rd Bn/506th inspects the troops on Geldropseweg on his Cushman 53 Airborne Scooter. The bicycle stands in for the Cushman Scooter.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Again Captain Clarence Hester. He is on the same spot as in the previous photograph, only the photographer has changed position. The symbol on today's bicycle lane seems to indicate the spot of the Cushman Scooter in 1944!

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers of "E"-Co./506th Regiment discuss tactics on Hertog Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A member of the Eindhoven Police Dept. summons civillians to stay indoors because not all German soldiers have surrendered yet. A trooper of the 506th rides along on Grote Berg.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Three pictures of paratoopers in the center of Eindhoven. All photographs have the Philips "Light-tower" in the background; a duration test lab for light bulbs. The trooper in the photograph on the right carries the "Radio Set SCR-300-A BC-1000-A".

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers pose with a motorcycle on Emma Singel, near the Philips "Light-tower".

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Two photographs taken just moments after each other by Eindhoven photographer A van Beurden on Stratums Eind. The Dutch priest is Deken ("deacon") Maas and the US priest is Father McGettigan, Chaplain of the 506th Regiment.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A Sky Soldier is lifted on the shoulders of happy citizens on Stratums Eind.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A paratroopers takes five on Stratums Eind; bayonet fixed.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Almost the same position as the previous picture but taken from the first floor of the Hoppenbrouwers Family across the street. This is Café "Fenix" in 1944 or "The Krazy Kangaroo" today.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A .30 caliber machine gun crew takes position near one of the bridges across the Dommel River on Stratums Eind. This is Café "Zinderend" today. The trooper in front is Harold C. Boye of "A"-Co./506th who was Killed in Action a few weeks after this photograph was taken.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Two paratroopers of "C"-Co./506th in a captured German "Umbauwagen", pick-up truck. This is on Nagtegaal Laan.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

The same street with troopers of 3rd Bn./506th, who attract quite a crowd of liberated citizens.

Eindhoven, September 19th 1944

The next day the Umbauwagen was used to transport one of the heavy weapons platoons of the 506th. This is on 't Hofke.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

No British tanks anymore, no paratroopers, but the St Joris Church tower still stands on Stratumse Dijk.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Another .30 caliber machine gun crew has taken position in the front yard of the house of the Roman Catholic Priest of the St. Joris Church on Saint Joris Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers pose with priests and Dutch resistance fighters in the front yard of the Parish House on St. Joris Straat.

"UNDER INVESTIGATION"

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

This picture is still "Under Investigation". When taking the comparison picture of the .30 caliber machine gun crew near the St. Joris Church, we made the working hypothesis that this is the same wall used as background by this shaving paratrooper.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Inf. Regt. assisted by members of the Eindhoven Police Dept. escort German P.O.W.s in Northern direction on Demer.

Eindhoven, September 18th, 1944

A large crowd has gathered in front of the Eindhoven Police Headquarters on Groote Berg as resistance workers round up Nazi sympathizers.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

The crowd watches collaborators being brought in by members of the PAN resistance group.

Eindhoven, September 18th, 1944

Eindhoven Boy Scouts are put to use in 'guarding' Nazi sympathizers locked up in the Don Bosco School.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

A paratrooper and his new best friends on Tram Straat.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Spontanious celebration by the people of Eindhoven on Markt.

Eindhoven, September 18th 1944

Paratroopers take time to read mail and talk to citizens of Eindhoven. This is the Elzent Brug. After the war, the lamp ornament has been rebuilt to stop 'bulb thieves'.

Eindhoven, September 19th 1944

Troopers of 3rd Bn./506th march towards Welschap Air Base on a combat patrol, aimed at expanding the perimeter around Eindhoven.

Eindhoven, September 19th 1944

3rd Bn./506th on Groote Berg. This picture is taken from the rooftop of the Eindhoven Police Headquarters. The building has changed dramatically over the years.

Eindhoven, September 19th 1944

Water-pump station at the rail road depot, demolished by German sabotage units, seen from the Dommel Bridge on Park Laan.

Eindhoven, September 19th, 1944

Paratroops hitch a ride on a British tank on Wal.

Son, September 19th 1944

Another view of the knocked-out Panther tank on the South side of the Wilhelmina Canal.

Son, September 19th 1944

A Panther tank of German Panzerbrigade 107 has reached the Wilhelmina Canal near the repaired bridge of Son. It is knocked out by artillery of the 101st Airborne Division.

Dinther, September 17th 1944

After landing on Drop Zone "A-1", L.t. Col. Harry W.O. Kinnard's 1st Bn./501st moved through the town of Heeswijk en route to Veghel.

Dinther, September 17th 1944

Paratroopers of 1st. Bn./501st move through Dinther's Main Street.

Heeswijk, September 17th 1944

Advancing to their objectives in Veghel, Lt. Col. Kinnard's troopers of 1st Battallion of the 501st pass the town hall of Heeswijk.

Heeswijk, September 17th 1944

Here paratroopers of 1st Bn/501 move through School Straat near the house named "Hogenhof". This was the main road to Veghel. A new parallel road now runs behind these houses.

Veghel, September 17th 1944

Paratroopers enter Veghel on Nieuw Straat or Deken van Miert Straat today.

Veghel, September 17th 1944

German prisoners of war pass the nunnery in Veghel to bring a dead soldier in a hearse to the cemetery.

Veghel, September 17th 1944

Medic William A. France, Greetje de Wit of Veghel and Private Leonard Cinquanta pose at the harbor.

Veghel, September 20th 1944

Soldiers of the 326th Airborne Engineers pass a burned-out GMC truck on Hoog Straat in Veghel.

Veghel, September 1944

The harbor in Veghel. The 101st Airborne Division Headquarters was in the CHV building on on the far right.

Veghel, September 1944

Damage to the Fransiscan nuns convent from German mortar shelling.

Oosterbeek, September 21st 1944

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the 1st British Airborne Division cook a meal near the tennis courts behind Hotel Hartenstein The courts served as a POW cage for about 200 German prisoners. After the war, REME veterans donated the bench at this same spot.

Oosterbeek, September 21st 1944

German POW's saw fire wood at the Hartenstein tennis court, guarded by a glider pilot. We took the "Now-photo" at the War and Peace show in Beltring, England in 2005. We believe the Nazi-reenactor was unaware of his resemblance to a POW in 1944.

Oosterbeek, September 24th 1944

German infantrymen move forward toward British positions on the corner of Dam and Wever Straat. They then take paratroopers of the 11th Bn. prisoner who are marched away in front of the same house. The "Now-photo" shows battledetectives Tom and Ivo on the same location in period gear and transportation.

Eindhoven, September 23rd 1944

Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands visits Eindhoven shortly after the city's liberation and is seen here with his staff leaving the Ravensdonck Hotel.

Eindhoven, September 1944

The Partizanen Actie Nederland marches on Bilderdijk Laan. The PAN was an underground resistance group, but could operate freely after the liberation. From that day on, the organization saw its ranks grow.

Driel, October 5th 1944

Radio Operator Frank Carpenter of "C"Co./501st Regiment knocked out a German tank underneath the railwaybridge using a British anti-tank gun. Note the railway bridge in the rear which was blown up by the Germans on September 17th 1944, when British paratroopers where already on it.

Driel, October 5th 1944

The same knocked-out tank seen from a different angle.

Zetten, October 1944

Troops of the 101st move South from Indoornik in the direction of Andelst.

Zetten, October 1944

Detail of the previous picture, showing the road sign and the electrical power house. Note the sign saying: "Dangerous. Post no bills on this building" and the poster in our "Same-Place-Different-Situation-"comparison.

Opheusden, October 1944

Soldiers of the 506th move along the railway tracks near the Opheusden Railway Station.

Oirschot, October 2nd, 1944

Because German spotters were suspected in the church steeple, British artillery fired incendiary shell into the Oirschot church, setting it on fire.

Oirschot, October 23rd, 1944

Scottish troops move into Oirschot through Rijkesluis Straat.

Oirschot, October 23rd, 1944

Scottish troops are welcomed by citizens at the corner of Gasthuis Straat and Rijkesluis Straat.

Oirschot, October 23rd, 1944

Finally! Allied military vehicles in Rijkesluis Straat. Today, Oirschot is close to a large military facility and olive green trucks are still a common sight in town.

Utrecht, May, 7th 1945

Although the German armed forces in The Netherlands had officially surrendered on May 5, 1945, some Nazi fanatics took shots at civillians and British troops in Bren carriers celebrating the liberation in Utrecht on May 7. Dutch resistance fighters return fire with Sten guns.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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