Brass- / Bigband Frisselstein

Music association Frisselstein from Veghel has several orchestras. Two of these orchestras are active during OMG 2024!

The young musicians of the Opstaporkest will perform first. On Saturday, September 14

, they will play exuberantly for the public and for the drivers of the 200 vehicles from the Second World War during the OMG Hells Highway parade in the center of Veghel!

A week later, on Saturday afternoon, September 21, the Brass / Big band FrissBrass will perform on the outdoor stage of the Basecamp. They will play in the afternoon and provide the last live music performance of OMG 2024.

Especially for this they will perform music from the time of Operation Market Garden. Think of songs by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Vera Lynn, the Andrew Sisters, and so on.

This will be a great conclusion to the OMG 2024 Live music program!

2400 students are eager to visit the basecamp.

Preparations for the educational programme are running at full speed. During 5 days students of primary, secondary and special education will visit the camp. Our guides will take them in groups onto the campsite, where they will see and hear all about the war who took place here exactly 80 years ago. A unique history lesson for all. School visits are very popular, so far we are expecting 2400 students and their teachers. Even with those numbers, there are still slots available. If schools are interested they can contact us through our website. For more information about school visits, go to: https://www.cultuurkade.nl/aanbod/684/vrijheid-basecamp

More and more is known about the music program during OMG2024

On the afternoon of sunday September 15th, the ‘Vrijwillig Muziek- en Tamboerkorps Verbindingstroepen’ will play their music at the OMG Basecamp. This huge drumband can entertain us both marching over the terrain and sitting on our stage, which we’ll have built in the open air.

Wednesday the 18th of september the Senior Orchestra of Harmonie St Caecila from Lieshout/Mariahout will perform. This orchestra with approximately 25 musicians has played at various events for over 30 years, ensuring us of a wide range of musical entertainment. For their performance at our open-air stage at the OMG Basecamp they have chosen to play fitting marching music, such as ‘Colonel Bogey’ and ‘March of the Belgian Paratroopers’.

The 21st of September, saturday, we’ll be joined by the ‘Reünieorkest Regiment van Heutsz’, both in the morning as early afternoon.

 

And for participants and our volunteers, Big Band Schijndel with The Andrew Sisters

Friday night, September 20th, Big Band Schijndel will perform with the Andrew Sisters at this festive night we organise especially for our participants and volunteers!

M114 155 mm Howitser

The M114 155 mm Howitzer is based on a design from the Second World War (the M1 gun carriage). This was put into use by the Royal Dutch army (KL) after the Second World War as the main towed artillery piece. In the 60s and 70s the towing vehicle was the DAF YA616. In the 80s and 90s the DAF YHZ2300. The M114 was later improved to M114/39 with a new firing tube and longer range. It was decommissioned after the end of the Cold War. At that time the KL only had mechanized artillery. That means artillery on a tracked chassis such as the M109 and now the armored howitzer PZH2000.

The M114 and the towing vehicle come from the Field Artillery Corps Historical Collection. This is normally located in the Artillery Museum at the army site at Oldebroek; Eperweg 149, 8084 HE ‘t Harde. Website click here!

Basecamp DZA Vlagheide

Recently a definitive agreement was made with the municipality of Meijerijstad with regards of the location of our base camp.

On the terrain of the former Dropzone-A directly behind the Koeveringsedijk we will make use of a lightly wooded terrain with roads. It is a beautiful location, close to the windmill at Eerde and it offers us the possibility to build stunning displays. The name of our new location: DZA Vlagheide.

On this exact location the 3rd battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 101st Airborne descended by parachute on the afternoon of September 17th, 1944. This regiment had to capture the bridges at Veghel and secure the access roads, which ran through Eerde. This little village would be the location of a bloody battle later on in the operation.

 

The entrance for the public is on the Dakotaweg in Schijndel. The entrance for participants to the Vlagheide in Schijndel. Follow the signs.

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