Memorial bridgehead Rijkevorsel alongside canal Rijkevorsel, Belgium

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65th Anniversary Trip to Rijkesvorsel Bridgehead, Belgium (49 Polar Bears Division). After I arrived home from my recent trip to Belgium, I sat down and tried to write an account of the most amazing weekend I have had in quite some time and to pick out some of the best photos. Rather difficult to do, when the day after your arrival, you have unexpectedly been invited to participate in the events.

I was visiting the Rijkevorsel area with my Sister Pat, which is where an important bridgehead was created by the 49th Polar Bears Division in late September 1944. It took a further month before the area north of this important bridgehead was secure and by the end of October, Breda, in the Netherlands (the town where my Mother was living and working) was outflanked and captured by the 1st Polish Armoured Division. At some loss to themselves, but with surprisingly little damage to the main town.

I was fortunate to have made contact about 4 years ago with a man from the town of Hoogstraaten. He told me very little about himself, but supplied me with tantalising titbits about the short time my Father’s Regiment spent in the area. He said anytime I came over, he would show me around. I finally decided at short notice to go for it.

My Sister and I went round on the first day and the headstone photos some Forum members have are part of that trip. We then saw key places where certain events took place and that will be written up for my own family history.

On Saturday 19th, we went to a camp called Plumbridge (in the village of Sint Jozef, South east of the Town of Rijkevorsel), which is where every year, a group of individuals get together to celebrate and commemorate the events which took place in 1944. The laying of a strategically important Bailey Bridge called Plum Bridge.

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WiJarn on October 9, 2010

Very nice photo. LIKE !

Greetings from Thailand.

林傑安(Enson) on October 10, 2010

Elegant architectures,nice composition.

Like 2!

Sincere greetings from Taiwan to Belgium.

Lucien Kivit on October 10, 2010

Enson, thank you for your nice reaction and the LIKE,greetings Lucien

Parruco on October 18, 2010

Nice photo

Greetings from Vila Cha, Vila do Conde - Portugal

Lucien Kivit on October 19, 2010

Parruco, thank you for your visit and comments, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on December 14, 2010

Moorteufel, I do agree with your statement, thanks for the LIKE, greetings Lucien

dziwnowik on January 6, 2011

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ✰✰✰✰✰ LIKE 4 ✰✰✰✰✰ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

TasJoy on January 16, 2011

da's mmoi gemmakt egt tof hoor

Lucien Kivit on January 16, 2011

Joy, bedankt dat je het tof vindt, groeten opa

Dr.Azzouqa on February 17, 2011

Beautiful memorial.

Excellent shot.


Best wishes from Jordan.


Lucien Kivit on February 17, 2011

Mustafa, thank you for your kind comment and like, greetings Lucien

Faintlightofdawn on March 15, 2011

nice looking memorial, liked, best wishes from London, Fai

Raúl Acösta Madrid on March 25, 2011

Lucien Kivit

Very good picture.

Regards from Chile.

Krystyna Koch on March 28, 2011

Another beautiful memorial place LIKE

Lucien Kivit on March 28, 2011

Krystyna, thank you for your nice comments and likes, greetings Lucien

galitsos on April 22, 2011

Like !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great shot and place.

Lucien Kivit on April 23, 2011

Galitsos, thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Petr19, Zastávka, CZ on July 29, 2011

Pěkné Lucien, L-10, zdravím, Petr

乾龍 on August 9, 2011

Beautiful shot

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on December 26, 2012

Excellent capture and so interesting --like 12--AnaM

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Lucien Kivit
Rijkevorsel, België

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  • Uploaded on October 8, 2010
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    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2010/10/08 15:18:17
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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