Left to right: Corina, Maikel, Ben and me on day 2
Ben and I immediately said yes and I was looking forward to it quite a bit. It would be a great opportunity to see friends again, meet new people and show some history to children who visited the castle. And quite frankly, I could also use some action in my life aswell. I had been ill the days before, but I was not planning to let that ruin my reenactment weekend at a beautiful castle. I wanted to be there no matter what. Luckily I was rapidly back on the mend and my being sick was not a problem.
Ben and me on day 1. We had to get up extremely early, so coffee is always a must. Ofcourse in period perfect mugs. Photos are made by Corina.
I am sure that each and everyone of you is well aware with what historical reenactment actually is. But for those who don't know: it is an educational activity in which people follow a plan to recreate aspects of a historical event or period for the public. In our case it was 1944 and Market Garden just happened; the city was on fire and castle Doornenburg was besieged by Germans.
The Doornenburg castle was an important headquarter of the Germans in WWII, hence the abundance of German reenactors at this event, and it also explains why the Brits were held capture in the picture below. In 1945, the RAF bombed the castle. All that was left was a ruin. The castle was rebuilt again, and was finished in 1968.
British soldier Floris behind barbed wire.
Zjermans under command of Robert aka Albert Stür.
A beautiful shot of a German reenactor taken by the talented photogapher Erny van Wijk.
Imme, the master brain behind the event. Very well organized Imme!
Pauline was active in the resistance, throwing rope at the British soldiers below her
Michiel is being searched by German soldiers for hidden weapons. Why? My boyfriend Ben cooperated with the Germans and betrayed him.
"Feldlazarett" - Hospital in the dungeon of the castle
British soldiers held captive
Having a break. I am reading a Dutch film and theatre magazine from 1941.
We've been photographed so many times, so you can expect a part two!