2022 04 14
Liniecrossers, by military historian Jelle Simons
skylight gallery
E V E N T

D A T E
April 14, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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Skylight gallery

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Open to NL Club and Salmagundi members
Tickets required
$6 | Salmagundi members
$15 | Member’s 1 guest


Join us on April 14th to hear military historian Jelle Simons delve into the remarkable achievements of the Liniecrossers, the most highly decorated Dutch resistance group of the Second World War.

A B O U T   L I N I E C R O S S E R S

The Netherlands, November 1944

The Allies liberated most of the south of the Netherlands. The rest of the country remains under German occupation and suffers from famine, daily bombardments and Nazi terror. The only physical way into the occupied zone lies in an extensive area of freshwater tidal wetlands, known as the Biesbosch. With help from American, British and Dutch intelligence services, a small group of local resistance fighters weaponize their unmatched knowledge of this area to set up a clandestine ferry service between liberty and the Third Reich. Using rowing boats and canoes, these so-called line-crossers cross the frontline 374 times, transporting military intelligence, secret agents, weapons, downed allied pilots, refugees and a stunning 16 million vials of insulin.

Who were these brave men and women? How did they manage to dodge enemy bullets, landmines and mortar fire during their many voyages to and from the occupied territories? And what can we say about the numerous British and American troops they brought to safety?

You will learn the answers to these and other questions as Jelle Simons, author of the book Liniecrossers, Frontkoeriers van het Verzet (Linecrossers, Couriers of the Dutch Resistance), takes us back to the last gruesome months of the Second World War and elaborates on the bravery of a group of young men and women who put everything on the line for Queen and country.