141. Doctor in wartime

141. Doctor in wartime

01-10-1944

Raadhuisplein 1, Chaam, The Netherlands
Liberation Route Europe

141. Doctor in wartime

During the battle that took place here in October 1944, German soldiers haul three Dutch men from of a bunker on suspicion of them supporting the underground. One of them, Felix Roelen, tells his story.

As the Allies approached, some Dutch wanted to make a contribution to the liberation. A doctor friend from Groningen was visiting Dr. Wim Nugteren from Chaam. Among other places, the friend from Groningen helped in Ulicoten with caring for the wounded. The Groningen doctor had been an artillery officer. He precisely noted on cigarette papers where the German troops had drawn up their guns. Couriers then brought these cigarette papers to Eindhoven.

The two doctors aroused suspicion, and with the help of Dutch collaborators, German intelligence attempted to entice them into illegal activities. But Wim Nugteren realised they were attempting to lure them into a trap and showed the Dutch the door.

The Groningen doctor ultimately helped the Canadians by indicating where the German mines lay. On the 28th of October 1944, he returned to Chaam during its liberation on top of a Canadian tank.

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As the Allies approached, some Dutch wanted to make a contribution to the liberation. A doctor friend from Groningen was visiting Dr. Wim Nugteren from...

Raadhuisplein 1, Chaam, The Netherlands

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