Cycling route The Battle of Overloon
Overloon, Venray, Geijsteren
We are at the end of September 1944. British allies advanced further and further eastwards to expel the German occupiers. An important and at that time only passage towards the border was the road to Venray. The Germans evacuated the place Overloon and entrenched themselves here to stop the Allies. What followed were bloody days of counter-attack between the Germans and the British and American allies. After heavy losses on the Allied side and a completely destroyed Overloon, the Germans retreated from the village on October 12, 1944. The Battle of Overloon goes down in history as a tank battle, but later it turns out that the present tanks were mostly destroyed by anti-tank weapons before a tank battle could have occurred.
Experience this impressive history during your cycling tour and reflect on our freedom. You can also stop at the Bloedbeek, where hundreds of Britons lost their lives on their way from Overloon to Venray on October 16, 1944. Discover many more traces of WWII in the War Museum in Overloon. Here you can even cycle over a bicycle bridge through the museum and catch a glimpse of the impressive exhibition.
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