Huize lidwina (ENG)


Huize Lidwina

Huize Lidwina and Hilbrink family

Sietse Hilbrink took  early retirement in 1936. At that time, during the in the years of the economic crisis,  his wife led relief measures for unemployed people and their families.

The early retirement of Sietse was accompanied by a significant drop in revenue.

Mother Hilbrink was asked to participate in managing the Lidwina estate. This beautifully situated villa was designed as rest house for overworked mothers.  The house was inhabited by Sietse, his wife and children; Marinus, Coen, Cor, and Hannie

Huize Lidwina

Huize Lidwina

The accommodation for the resistance (known as KP Twente)

The house was fairly isolated in a quiet neighborhood in Zenderen. There were not many Germans and also no Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging in Nederland (NSB) a Dutch socialist political party akin to the Nazis. The house was an ideal place for hiding weapons, resistance fighters and organizing acts of resistance.

Usually there were 10 to 12 people in the house.

Resistance fighters who regularly stayed at Huize Lidwina

Verzetsstrijders die regelmatig verbleven in Huize Lidwina. Van L inks naar rechts Cor Hilbrink, Willem Carmiggelt, Michel Ploeger, Johannes ter Horst, Jacob Meijer, Hendrik Koeslag, Gerard Pasma, Geert Schoonman, Edzard Jacob Bosch Ridder van Rosenthal,Daan Hillenaar en Cornelis Hage

Left to right Cor Hilbrink, Willem Carmiggelt, Michel Ploeger, Johannes ter Horst, Jacob Meijer, Hendrik Koeslag, Gerard Pasma, Geert Schoonman, Edzard Jacob Bosch Knight Rosenthal, Daan Hillenaar and Cornelis Hage.

Huize Lidwina was a well-run headquarters that was equipped with an electronic warning system, a twenty-four-hour guard post schedule and an amazing underground connection service using motorcycles and bicycles.

Some couriers wore German uniforms and the entire system was supported by priests from the neighborhood, who gathered information during their passage through the parishes.

The Kp Twente also had its own broadcasting station. Through this, London could be better informed.

The liaison team (Jedburgh Team Dudley) was housed here

Operation Jedburgh

Operation Jedburgh was an allied operation during the last years of World War II. These special units landed by parachute or glider behind enemy lines in France, Belgium and the Netherlands to sabotage and perform guerrilla actions against the German occupiers and to help organize local resistance groups.

The main function of the Jedburgh teams was to act as an intermediary  between the Allies and local resistance groups. They organized provision of arms and ammunition and gave advice, training and guidance to the resistance groups.

The ‘Jeds’ or ‘Jedburghs’ as the members of these teams were called, came from the British Special Operations Executive (SOE).

The Jedburgh team in Dudley Twente landed near Steger Field on September 12, 1944.

The  team consisted of

Major Henk Brink Greve (Dutch)

Major John Olmsted (American)

Sergeant John Austin (British)

Major Henk Brink Greven (liaison officer) Sergeant John Austin (radio telegrapher) and John Olmsted, the commander of the JutburgDudley Team.

Het Jedburg Team 12 Van links naar rechts Henk Brinkgreve, John en John Olmsted

The Jedburgh Dudley Team from left to right Henk Brink Greve, John Austin and John Olmsted.

During Operation Market Garden, Olmsted and Austin coded messages and communicated the situation in Arnhem via the transmitter in Huize Lidwina. Coordinates were also passed  for new drop zones.

Huize Lidwina

Huize Lidwina before the raid

Huize Lidwina na de overval

Huize Lidwina after the raid

Huize Lidwina zoals dat na de oorlog door Cor Hilbrink opnieuw is opgebouwd

Huize Lidwina as it was rebuilt after the war by Cor Hilbrink

Location Huize Lidwina

Huize Lidwina is located on the Retraitehuisweg in Zenderen, (in the East of the Netherlands)

 Huize Lidwina Longitude: 6.71484E (6˚ 42’ 53 “E) Latitude: 52.31584N (52˚ 18‘ 56“N) OTH Locator: JO32IH

Huize Lidwina Longitude 6.71484E (6˚ 42 ’53 ‘E) Latitude 52.31584N (52˚ 18′ 56’ N) QTH Locator JO32IH




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