On Wednesday 12 September 1945, a big crowd gathered near the road bridge trying to get a climps of the filming. The police was present to keep an eye on them and on a certain moment was asked by
some crewmembers to clear the slope, one of the auxiliary policeman asked the people to move, but a small group of adolescent boys refused to move, and the policeman told them again to move
along, but before he could force them to move one of the youths 20 year old Wietze J. Thomassen, son of chemist Thomassen of Staringplein 15, Arnhem, hit him in the face and run off.
The policeman start to chase him, so he could arrest him and bring him to the police station.
From the slope of the bridge they run towards Eusbiusbuitensignel 59, where another auxiliary policeman had taken post to keep an eye on the public, he was armed with a carbine rifle. He notice his colleague chasing the boy with his baton in his hands, shouting to him "shoot".
On this he aimed at the boy and shouted several times; "halt or I shoot". Wietze looked over his shoulders several times and must have seen that the policeman aimed at him. He tried to take cover behind a car, but was hit in the back when fired on.
The chasing policeman went over to give first aid, by coincidence an passing ambulance stopped and he was brought to the emergency hospital "Rosorum" at the Amsterdamseweg.
However he passed away on 16.00hrs that afternoon. The incident was investigated by the CID, but I do not know the outcome of this. And so there was a year after the Battle, in peace time still a "last casualty" of the Battle of Arnhem.
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Philip Reinders, 2016