Liberation route

Brits oorlogskerkhof Reichswald (Small)

Liberation Route

The Liberation Route is the route the allied forces took from the landing sites in Normandy to Berlin. At the end of the 2nd World War the area around Arnhem and Nijmegen played a crucial role in the liberation of Europe. It was here that Operation Market Garden took place. This was the dramatic unsuccessful crossing of the Rhine that most people know from the film “ A Bridge too Far”.

However Operation Veritable is unknown to most people.
It was the battle which formed the prelude to the leap across the Rhine after which the eventual defeat of Germany soon followed.
Both operations took place in the Land of Maas and Niers. At a number of the audio spots along the Liberation Route you can relive the history.

Gennep plays a special role in this project. Here in particular you can experience Operation Veritable. The Battle of the Reichswald and the Battle of Gennep formed the prologue to the successful crossing of the Rhine. The Martinus Tower bears the scars of Operation Veritable and tells you it’s tale.
The tower is also the starting point of 2 cycle routes which, among other things, lead through the Reichswald where the last big battle on the western frontier took place. Here you will also find the largest war cemetery of the 2nd World War in Europe and the largest German war cemetery of the Lower Rhine area.

To be able to get the allied troops across the Maas the longest Bailey bridge of the 2nd World War was built in Gennep. Four audiospots in Gennep tell the stories connected with this. They can be downloaded or can be viewed on this website. All have been filmed with authentic photo and film material from the war and are also spoken in English and in German.

In the nearby towns of Groesbeek (near Nijmegen) and Overloon (near Boxmeer) there are 2 large Dutch war museums. 
On this page there are 2 films of the route, 2 documentaries and 3 plays which have been filmed for the audio spots.


Links & Museums Liberation Route

Links - Museums - Literature


Die Liberation Route:

Stichting Veritable:



Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944 – 1945 te Groesbeek:

Liberty Park: Nationaal oorlogs- en verzetsmuseum en Marshall museum te Overloon gem. Boxmeer:


Gemeente Gennep in de wereldbrand 1939-1945, 1995            

Auteur: W. S. v. Dinter. Uitgave Gemeente Gennep

Slag in het Reichswald, 1995

Auteur: Peter Elstob. ISBN 900219899X

Kriegsgräbestätten im Kreis Kleve, 2000

Schriftenreihe des Kreises Kleve

Krieg vor der eigenen Haustür, 2004

Auteur: Alexander Berkel. ISBN 3-924380-22-8

Monumenten van Vrijheid, 2006

Auteurs: W. Lenders, R. Trost e.a. ISBN 10:90-74212-07-7

Uitgave Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum 1944-1945

Liberation Route video's

Ooievaar bouwt nest op stadhuis

Op het historische stadhuis in Gennep heeft in het jaar 2000 een ooievaarspaar een nest gebouwd.

Sinds 2015 komen ze jaarlijks op "Beleef de Lente" en zijn ze de bekendste ooievaars van Nederland.

Via de webcam kunt u ze volgen.