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.
Chairman St. ABWO