The medical company of the Polish paratrooper brigade chose the Roman Catholic primary school to serve as an emergency hospital. Until shortly before the fighting, it housed refugees from the western part of the country. The beds were ready to be allocated to Polish patients, so to speak. The doctors and hospital soldiers eventually cared for a total of 159 wounded: Polish and British soldiers and Dutch citizens.
The emergency hospital on September 25th 1944. Polish ambulances of the ground army had managed to reach Driel. As a result, 70 patients could be evacuated to Nijmegen. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen
Polish doctors and nurses, dressed in flak jackets as protection from the German shootings, help the wounded in the field hospital in the school. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen
In 1945, a few Poles visited Driel. At the time, they were stationed in Germany, where they were part of the Allied occupying forces. Here they are looking at the havoc in the school. © Sikorski Institute, gebruiksrechten bij Stichting Driel Polen