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World War II in Gaasterland

58.3 km

A lot took place in Gaasterland during the Second World War. From the end of 1941, the Germans worked feverishly on a radar station near the village of Sondel. This radar station was included in the German air defense which consisted of floodlights and anti-aircraft guns.


In the autumn of 1944, more than 75 V2 rockets were launched from the Rijsterbos towards England and the Belgian city of Antwerp. Several launches failed, destroying the peace stamp in the forest. In 1945 the temple was restored with the old material.

In addition to the story of camp Sondel and the V2s in the Rijsterbos, many human dramas have taken place; various plane crashes, the reception of people in hiding and evacuees, resistance work and executions. During this 'World War II in Gaasterland' cycling route you will visit unique locations and read stories about this turbulent period.


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Sights on this route

Starting point: De Brink 1
8567 JD Oudemirdum
1

Bezoekerscentrum Mar en Klif

Bezoekerscentrum Mar en Klif
De Brink 4
8567 JD Oudemirdum
22
2

Execution monument in the forest Elfbergen

Execution monument in the forest Elfbergen
Kooilaan
8567 HC Oudemirdum
17
3

Farmer’s school (NSB Agricultural School)

Farmer’s school (NSB Agricultural School)
Marderleane 1
8572 WG Rijs
4

V2 rocket launch site and Peace Temple (Impact location)

V2 rocket launch site and Peace Temple (Impact location)
Murnserleane
8572 WN Rijs
14 15
5

Memorial sign at Mirns cemetery for the 1943 plane crash with B-24 Liberator

Memorial sign at Mirns cemetery for the 1943 plane crash with B-24 Liberator
Murnserdijk 24
8573 WP Mirns
06 07 07 13
6

Plot Mientwei 8, “Hâld Moed”

Plot Mientwei 8, “Hâld Moed”
Mientwei 8
8584 WX Hemelum
35 09 80 19
7

Kamp Wyldemerk

Kamp Wyldemerk
Wyldemerkwei 8
Harich
18 21 27 28 85 29
8

Balk Plaque on the outer wall of the Town Hall

Balk Plaque on the outer wall of the Town Hall
Dubbelstraat 2
8561 BC Balk
68 32
9

Memorial Torch Graveyard in memory of Jeen Hornstra

Memorial Torch Graveyard in memory of Jeen Hornstra
Menno van Coehoornweg 2
8563 AD Wijckel
30
10

Radar station Sondel

Radar station Sondel
Restanten van het radarstation op het perceel van Siemen Smink
Noorderreed 22
8565 GP Sondel
26 25
11

Monument IJsselmeerdijk

Monument IJsselmeerdijk
Heaburgen 42
8566 HJ Nijemirdum
24
12

The crash of the Wellington Mk 1C

The crash of the Wellington Mk 1C
Liemerige wei 4
8567 HM Oudemirdum
End point: De Brink 1
8567 JD Oudemirdum
22
17
14
15
06
07
07
13
35
09
80
19
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21
27
28
85
29
68
32
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26
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