St Walburgisplein 1,
The Walburgiskerk was heavily damaged during the Battle of Arnhem because a Luftwaffe pilot flew into one of the towers.
Captain Mackay lay with his men in the Van Limburg Stirum School (on the east side of the northern driveway of the Rhine Bridge) and described the event in his booklet “Whoa Mahomet”.
At 3:30 am, something amazing happened. The "Luftwaffe" had been increasingly active throughout the day. A “Messerschmitt” came over the bridge from the south and tried to bomb the school. The bomb fell on the street, but did not explode. The “Messerschmitt” tried to avoid our machine gun and flew into a church tower, tearing the left wing off. And crashed into a square about 400 meters away. Great joy all around.
Out of Ammo, God Save the King is a unique exhibition with twelve different dioramas that give a picture of Arnhem in September 1944.
Arnhem War Museum presents exhibition 'Out of Ammo'
The Arnhem War Museum has opened the doors of the Walburgiskerk for the exhibition 'Out of Ammo'. “The name of this exhibition refers to the legendary words that Major Digby Tatham-Warter spoke at the foot of the Rhine Bridge, when he was forced to surrender to the Germans due to a lack of ammunition”, explains Eef Peeters, owner of the Arnhem War Museum, the name of the exhibition.
He talks about the idea behind this exhibition, which can be visited for a year in the heart of Arnhem. “From the start, the objective of my museum has always been to shed light on the Second World War from all angles, both from the Allies and the occupying forces. After all, every story has multiple sides.
A Bridge too Far
The Battle of Arnhem is of course best known to most of the people
of 'A Bridge too Far', forcing the Allies to stop their advance.
The war winter of 1944 was the result. What hardly anyone realizes is that
halting the advance at the same time was also the last time
that the Germans have won a battle,” says Eef.
In a nutshell, he then explains how the idea for this exhibition
came into being. “With 'Out of Ammo' I bring back a piece of Arnhem history
to the place where history was written in Arnhem. the heart of the city,
the central place in world history where Operation Market Garden ended in failure.”
'Out of Ammo' is built on the basis of dioramas
(Wikipedia: a diorama is an often museum-like, three-dimensional arrangement
in which an existing or possible reality is shown). a tour
through the Walburgiskerk takes you back in time along places like
the flower garden of Musis Sacrum, the Red School, Restaurant Ruteck's
and Boulevard Heuvelink. The absolute pride of the exhibition is the
life-size canvas hanging in the back of the church with an image of
the John Frost Bridge (which obviously didn't bear that name at the time).
Eef Peeters during the walk: “The size of that image and the place
where it hangs is conscious, we want to create involvement with it,
take visitors into the intensity of everything that existed at the time
occurred. We try to make people feel what it must have been like.
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with a jeep in which four young men are seated. innocent boys
who (have) had to fight without clearly knowing what for, cannon fodder.
Another diorama depicts the evacuation of the 90,000 and 130,000 inhabitants
from Arnhem who have fled the city in rows after the failed capture of the
Finally, Eef Peeters, while looking up at the two parachutes hanging in the front of the Walburgiskerk: “This height alone makes Out of Ammo a unique exhibition. No museum in the world can go that high, that's because we can and can be in this church.”
The 'Out of Ammo' exhibition can be visited daily from Tuesday to Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm.
Address: Walburgiskerk , Sint Walburgisplein 1, Arnhem.