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World War II History Website

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Introduction


Tribute Pages



L'Histoire de la Plaque en Français

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Les lettres de René Janssen
Marthe's husband sent us a vivid and touching description of the ceremonies in Eisden. (Written in French.)


Marthe's True Stories


Relevant Illustrations

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Illustrations of the Secret Army Insignia and Similar Badges
[Courtesy of Monsieur Claude Marchal.]

use this flower link or the adjoining text link A Map of Belgium, the Coat of Arms, and the National Anthem
I have inserted the approximate position of the village of Eisden on the map.


Newspaper Articles About Marthe


The Evaders

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Douglas Jennings' Story
Douglas is the young airman whose picture appeared in the Belgian newspaper article. For a long time, his identity was a mystery.

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Douglas Jennings' Story : Conclusion

use this flower link or the adjoining text link The Aircrew of Lancaster III LM 580 DX-L
A tribute to Doug's Pilot who died when his Lancaster Bomber crashed.

use this flower link or the adjoining text link My Lancaster Bomber Pictures


Marthe's Son-in-Law

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Hubert Van Hecke
A short account of Lieutenant Hubert Van Hecke's discovery of a crashed Messerschmitt ME 108 in January 1940 and of some of his later activities in the Belgian Secret Army under German occupation.


Marthe's Signal Tune

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Lyrics for Little Grey Home in the West
This is the song that Marthe Janssen-Leyder would sing or hum on her way through the woods near Eisden to draw out any allied airmen in hiding. You can print a copy of the sheet music from this page.


A World War One Parody of
Little Grey Home in the West

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Little Wet Home in a Trench
I have recently discovered that the original version of this parody was written by Tom Skeyhill in 1915 (see my Correction Page). This version was sent to me by Jean Bruce and was in the possession of her father-in-law's older brother, John G. Bruce, a Canadian soldier serving with Tobin's Tigers (the 29th Vancouver Battalion).

Belgian Coal Industry

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Eisden Coal Mines
Includes my photographs of the remaining headframes.


Additional Information

Some additional historical background information has been provided in the form of pop-up 'information' pages. If you could not access these, (and if you are interested), please follow the links below:

use this flower link or the adjoining text link King Leopold III of Belgium
(Link on my Background History Page)

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Vidkun Quisling
(Link on Billie Boxton page.)

use this flower link or the adjoining text link The Tallboy Bomb
(Link on Doug Jennings Page Three "Conclusion")


Links to Other Sites of Interest


Our Family History

use this flower link or the adjoining text link The Leyder Family Tree
We have traced our ancestors back to 1698 when my Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather, Theodore Leyder, married Katharina Thiltges.

use this flower link or the adjoining text link My Photo Album
This is a very small collection, mainly photographs of the Leyder Family Ancestors, starting with my Great Grandparents, (Marthe's Grandparents), whose pictures were taken sometime during the 1890's.


The Author's Corner

use this flower link or the adjoining text link About me and My Family

use this flower link or the adjoining text link My Dad - Marthe's Brother
From this page you can access a large version of the picture of the opening of my Grandfather's Wine Bar, in 1891.

use this flower link or the adjoining text link Total Destruction
A Postcard which my Father sent home on a visit to Flanders in October 1919.

use this flower link or the adjoining text link My Mother's Life

You are also most welcome to visit my Blog:
TESSA'S TÊTE-À-TÊTE
now at http://noviomagus.tripod.com/chat

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