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Stumbled into a gunfight walking our dogs…

September 16, 2017

 

Every year in September the tiny and never before heard-of village of Borlo (South Limburg) becomes the scene of fierce fighting between the US and Nazi-German troops. 

The second weekend of September they commemorate at this very spot the liberation from the Nazi-German occupation in 1944.

 

Spoiler alert: unfortunately the Nazi's came back a few months later to celebrate Xmas in Belgium.

 

The local B&B “Het Pachthof”, in collaboration with various battle reenactment groups, organises the liberation commemoration of Borlo. In 2015 they even welcomed the granddaughter of General Patton at the ceremony.

In the B&B one can visit a small museum where you will be transported back to the daily life in a small rural community in Belgium during the Nazi occupation.

 

During the weekend you can see how the soldiers spent their time in their camps. These camps are situated in and around “Het Pachthof” where you can find the English and US soldiers. The German camp can be found at the stormwater tanks “Oppemveld” just outside the Borlo village center, at walking distance.

 

At the location of the German camp there is a spectacular battle reenactment with airplanes performing an air-raid, vintage military vehicles, a shoot-out between GI’s and the Wehrmacht, followed by the evacuation towards the field hospital of the many wounded soldiers left on the battle field. 

 

Quite impressive effort in such a tiny village and certainly worth the visit. Come on folks what better things do you have to do on a chilly September weekend next year?

 

 

 

 

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