HOTEL DREYEROORD SURVIVED OPERATION MARKET GARDEN NOW HOPES A PETITION CAN SAVE IT

The Hotel Dreyeroord survived an intense battle between Allied and German forces during Operation Market Garden. Now the famous Dutch hotel is facing demolition by a developing company and hopes a petition will save it from destruction.



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Hotel Dreyeroord

According to DutchNews.nl, WWII veterans, locals, historians and enthusiasts are hoping they can obtain enough signatures to prevent destruction of the landmark hotel, which is located in the city of Oosterbeek.

The Dreyeroord is now owned by Amvest, a development company that is planning to knock down the hotel and build a nursing home and houses on the property.

Historian Wiljo Pas, who started the petition, hopes the hotel can be saved.

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A dead British paratrooper in front of the “White House”. Photo: Bundesarchiv 495/3450A/10

“Dreyeroord is a place of pilgrimage,” said Pas. People want to visit a place and touch it…so they can feel what really happened.”

The battle for the Hotel Dreyeroord took place on Thursday, September 21, 1944. The hotel was defended by the 7th Battalion, The King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 1st Airborne Division. The hotel was called the “White House” men of the 7th KOSB.

At 4:30pm on September 21, the Germans launched an infantry and tank assault that cut deeply into Allied lines. The assault was driven back by two bayonet charges, but the 7th KOSB was forced to withdraw due to heavy casualties.

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Damage to the Hotel Dreyeroord from the fierce the battle

A plaque on the hotel grounds commemorates the battle:

This plaque commemorates the battle fought in and around this house by the 7th Battalion The King’s Own Scottish Borderers as part of the British 1st. Airborne Division in the battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The house known to the KOSB as the ‘White House’, was the corner-stone in the defence of the north-eastern sector of the divisional perimeter. The battalion, much depleted after earlier fighting at Ginkel Heath and Johnnahoeve, held this sector, under the indomitable leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Payton Reid D.S.O. from 19th. to 22nd. September in the face of incessant attacks by an enemy superior in numbers and heavy weapons. “Once a Borderer Always a Borderer”

Please check out this link if you want to sign the petition:

http://airbornefeelings.nl/en/petition-save-dreyeroord/



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One thought on “HOTEL DREYEROORD SURVIVED OPERATION MARKET GARDEN NOW HOPES A PETITION CAN SAVE IT

  • Bill Getz says:

    It is an axiom that the old must give way for the new. Some things are worth saving, some are not. The secret is to know when it is time to change.

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