The Netherlands / Monument
The war memorial is located behind the Molenhoek brewery and keeps the memory of the temporary American military cemetery alive. The cemetery was temporarily located at a distance of 300 meters away. The soldiers who lay there were later reburied in the U.S. and Margraten.
The war memorial was unveiled in 1972 and marks the approximate location of the temporary cemetery of the 82nd Airborne Division. Since 20 September 1944, not only Americans but also British buried their fallen at the Bergzicht estate, not far from the local brewery.
The monument was erected in memory of 836 soldiers and air force personnel of the United States and the British armed forces who died here as well as far and wide in the autumn and winter of 1944 (the monument itself only mentions 637 men lost their lives). More than five hundred of them were part of the 82nd Airborne Division. Including boys whose experiences were later filmed in the series Band of Brothers.
In May 1948, the cemetery was closed down after a number of the fallen were transferred to the United States at the request of their relatives. The others were given a final resting place at the American cemetery in Margraten.
Molenstraat 18, 6582 AE Molenhoek