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The program of the event is as follows. Please note that I have decided to swap the Thursday and the Friday programs as they were published initially.

  • Thursday June 7, 2018

    The intention is to visit the area west of Nijmegen, where three large rivers flow in parallel at close distance from each other. The history of this area has been full of inundations, which has resulted in a typical river delta landscape. We will visit the following venues:

    Although the above websites are in Dutch exclusively, English speaking volunteer staff will be present to show us around and answer questions.

    Then the garden lovers get their treat at the Appeltern show gardens, quite famous in our country and often nominated as "The best day out for garden lovers". Please note that entrance fees are to be paid.

  • Friday June 8, 2018

    Trip to the "Archaeological Park" in Xanten (Germany): Both Nijmegen and Xanten are located on the border of the Rhine river. In the Roman times this was the Northern border of the Roman Empire, and both Nijmegen and Xanten housed large army garrisons. Not much of this is left in Nijmegen, but in Xanten the site of the army camp was used for agriculture ever since, which neatly preserved everything below the soil. Once the site was re-discovered, it was transferred into a museum site, and many buildings were reconstructed at full scale.
    We will have a guided tour (in English).

    The two cities are some 50 miles apart, and the river borders have many picturesque villages and nice views. The landscape is flat.

  • Saturday June 9, 2018

    Nijmegen is just South of the city of Arnhem, and both cities are very close to the place where the river Rhine crosses the border between Germany and The Netherlands. Very close to the border, the river splits in two branches. The southern one, which carries most of the water, is called the river Waal, and passes along Nijmegen. The northern branch keeps the name Rhine, and passes along Arnhem. Both cities have a large bridge, and these bridges are some 15 miles apart.

    Operation Market Garden: near the end of WW-II, the British Army tried to capture the Arnhem bridge by dropping a large contingent of paratroopers on the NW side of the city. A much larger contingent of American paratroopers was dropped South of Nijmegen (not far from the Rally hotel) with multiple goals in mind: open a corridor to the main front line, which at that moment was some 30 miles South of Nijmegen, and capturing the Nijmegen bridge from the South, to come to the rescue of the British troops who were stuck North of the Arnhem bridge. Due to fierce resistance of the German forces, the Americans did not capture the Nijmegen bridge in time, and thus the Arnhem bridge turned out to be "a bridge too far".

    Much less known is the fact that the above-mentioned corridor was indeed established, and both American and British troops poured into the area through this "Hell's corridor". Read this impressive eye witness report on the battle for the Nijmegen bridge. To honour this event, the Grenadier Guards until today have a "Nijmegen Company" in their ranks.

    Today's trip will visit the American landing zones near Nijmegen, including the museum devoted to this operation. The landscape on this side of Nijmegen is quite hilly, and is a pleasure to drive through. The tour will pass through a nature resort between the hills and the river.

    The club dinner will not be held in the rally hotel, but in the "Vereeniging" concert building in the centre of Nijmegen. Bus transport will be provided between the hotels and the dinner location.

  • Sunday June 10, 2018

    The Rally day will be on the historic Market place in Arnhem, adjacent to "the" Arnhem bridge. This is close to the city centre, and many shops will be open on Sunday. One side of the Market is lined with cafes and restaurants with terraces.


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