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What is ABWO ?

The ABWO was founded 1996 as a means of commemorating the Battle of Arnhem and the preservation of the airborne vehicles that were used during the second World War.
Every year in September we organize a grand weekend for all WW2 British airborne vehicle owners and reenactors.

Dick Timmerman, Chairman ABWO

History

In 1996 a few “collector” friends took the initiative to organize an ABWO camp. After finding a name, they started working on their first meeting, at that time at Camping “de Bilderberg”
The number of participants grows steadily. Foreigners (mainly UK, Poland and Belgium) account for more than half of the number of participants.

The 55th memorial in 1999 was the breakthrough.
A record in the number of partcipants and legalisation of weapons. The ABWO contributes to the Farewell parade with a tour for the classic military vehicles through the villages of Renkum.

In the meantime, Camping the Bilderberg becomes too small to house the growing number of participants. The newly formed foundation (2001) manages to find a beautiful
new site for their camp of september 2005 on the grounds of the J.P. Heijenstichting.

Although it meant a much more complicated organization, the camp of 2005 has become a new highlight in the ever growing popularity of the historical reenactment. 2014 Has a slightly changed timetable but we have no doubt it will be as succesfull as previous years.

Dick Timmerman
Chairman St. ABWO

Objectives

Airborne Battle Wheels Oosterbeek was founded in 1996 to keep the vehicles that were used in the Battle of Arnhem “rolling”.

We do this to keep the memory of those who fought and died for our freedom alive. For veterans, their families and certainly the future (younger) generations.

The ABWO foundation enables an annual weekend in September, the “Airborne Battle Wheels Weekend”.
During that weekend we commemorate the Battle of Arnhem with historically correct tours and displays of men, equipment and a variety of vehicles.

Our weekend is an opportunity to show respect to the veterans and stay in mutual contact. At the same time this is a social event for people with a passion for vehicles of World War 2. To share knowledge and pass information in an informal surrounding.

Do you own a historically correct British vehicle of any kind from World War 2 ? Do you know what we mean by “respecting those who fought and died for our freedom” ?
If so: visit our camp site and participate in the events we organize during our annual meeting.

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