April 1945: The liberation of Ede

Late in the afternoon of 16 April 1945, the British 49th Infantry Division ‘Polar Bears’ set off from Arnhem to liberate Ede, Bennekom and Wageningen with the support of almost 80 Canadian tanks. The troops travelled along state highway 24 (now the N224 main road) and, after overcoming five roadblocks, reached the ‘Planken Wambuis’ restaurant at 7 pm.