21 Sep 1944 : Hamont Budelpoort "Huis foto Stevens"
On 6th June 1944 the British and American troops successfully
landed on the Normandy beaches. After some difficult weeks, they
succeeded in breaking the German resistance.
The pace of the advance then rapidly picked up. Hardly 3 months
passed before they reached Brussels. But as a consequence of the
stretching of supply lines, the advance was halted along the line of
the Albert canal and the Meuse-Escaut canal.
In trying to force a breakthrough towards the Ruhr and onwards to
Berlin, General Montgomery was able to persuade General Eisenhower,
the Supreme Allied Commander, to launch a combined airborne
and land offensive to seize vital bridges up to the Rhine
bridge at Arnhem. This was Operation Market Garden.
30 Corps, commanded by General Horrocks, was to lead the ground
advance. It began in the Lommel-Neerpelt area and headed toward
Valkenswaard on the morning of 17th September 1944.
8 Corps, commanded by General O'Connor, was on the right flank,
to protect the 30 Corps operations. It advanced in the direction
Weert and Soerendonk and then to the north towards Helmond.
Coming from Kaulille, it started out with a storm crossing of the
Meuse-Escaut canal at Lille St.-Hubert during the night of 18th to
After 9 Brigade had secured a bridgehead, the East Yorkshires took
over the attack. It was their task to clear the wooded area to the
north of the canal. They had accomplished this task by 20th September
at about 0300 hours.
One hour after that, the Suffolk Regiment took over the attack and
advanced in easterly direction in darkness and fog.
The Suffolk Regiment liberated the town of Hamont, coming from
the hamlet De Hork.
Hamont liberated © IWM
In the mean time The King’s Own Scottish Borderers moved northwards
and liberated the village of Achel.
Achel liberated © IWM
Graves of fallen soldiers in Hamont-Achel
Stanley Lucas (4753822, 24 jaar);
George Bent (14652464, 19 jaar);
George Churchman (6014072, 22 jaar);
Percy Bennett (3394037, 37 jaar);
George Smith (4922286, 30 jaar);
Leonard Nicholls (14332447, 21 jaar);
Herbert Winkle (4038343, 30 jaar)
Hubert Ormondroyd (4350072, 33 jaar).
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HQ 2nd British Army
Sep 1944 till Apr 1945 HQ of General Miles Dempsey, commander of the 2nd British Army
From "The London Illustrated" HQ of General Dempsey's 2nd Army, march 1945
Picture taken on 21 april 1943
Achel "Beverbeek - De Kluis "21 Apr 1943 (beweeg met muis over de foto)