Captain Timmermans

As a voluntary conscript, Lodewijk Johannes Timmermans is imprisoned for a short time after the capitulation in May 1940. When the occupying force calls on him to go into captivity again in July 1943, he goes into hiding with his sister in Venray.

After the liberation of the southern Netherlands, Timmermans returns to military service, to the mine and ammunition clearance. But within a week, on 23 March 1945, he gets wounded when a German wood mine explodes. He partly loses sight in both eyes. In the Canadian military hospital in Turnhout, Timmermans befriends a German soldier, a farmer’s son from the Bodensee area. The friendship will forever change his prejudices against Germans.

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Experience this story with an augmented reality video on location near the German War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn.

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In 1948 Timmermans becomes in charge of the German War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn. He builds graves, takes care of them, identifies the dead, informs relatives, shows visitor groups around, and organises youth meetings at the cemetery for the first time. Until his retirement in 1976, Captain Timmermans commits himself to the Dutch-German reconciliation. After his death in 1995, his ashes are scattered at the cemetery. A memorial stone has been placed left of the central memorial site, opposite the carillon. The identity of the German soldier has never been traced.

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Routes with this story

Cycling route ‘On the other side’

Cycling route ‘On the other side’

This special cycling route (59 km) connects two remarkable places: the German War Cemetery in Ysselsteyn in Limburg and the War Museum in Overloon in Brabant.

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Cycling route ‘Venray-Tienray’

Cycling route ‘Venray-Tienray’

This cycling route brings you along 10 locations that are clearly related to war, between Venray and Tienray, which offered a shelter to many people in hiding during the war. 

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Cycling route ‘War history on the edge of De Peel’

Cycling route ‘War history on the edge of De Peel’

Traces of World War II are still visible everywhere in the area around Overloon and Venray. This route takes you along the memories of the many battles, the liberation, and the people who gave their lives for it.

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Download the unique app and experience the past

The free Venray Remembers app shows the past as you have never seen it before. Download the app, take the car or bicycle or go on foot and follow a beautiful route in De Peel. Follow the instructions in the app to project an augmented reality video at the indicated locations and become part of the story that happened there.

View the war past from a different perspective and through this unique app. A modern way to let young and old relive the past in a positive way. Let’s keep remembering!

More information about the app you find here.

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