Category: <span>History</span>

Cycling tracks

In the past there were 2 velodromes in Leopoldsburg. I received the information on this page from Jean-Pierre CHANOINE, for which I thank him. The information was extracted from the thesis of Bert MOEYART. The full thesis can be found here. Old photo of a wooden cycling track (presumably at…

Colleteke Rijstpap

by Jef GEBOERS Translated by Patrick Marquenie Maria Coletta Reynders Coletteke rijstpap (rice pudding) was one of the most famous village figures of Leopoldsburg. In Café Colette she sold delicious rice pudding that was very popular. Her real name was Maria Coletta Reynders. She was born in Paal in the district…

Leopoldsburg during WW II

Overview World War II in Leopoldsburg It’s hard to just one gigantic war like that of World War II, going on to describe just Limburg territory. Following are a few significant events that took place during this period. On January 10, 1940 a German Messerschmidt makes an emergency landing at…

Our Eyewitness (WW II)

The Buteyn brothers From first hand: memories of May 27, 1944. Text: Jules Buteyn Translation by Patrick Marquenie Everyone in our village knows the Buteyn brothers. They remember the war years vividly. Underneath you can find a little piece of their family history during the anxious days before the liberation….

The Liberation

Some passages of a text by Omèr Gelaesen (translation by Patrick Marquenie) On June 6 1944 the long-awaited day started: the start of the liberation of Europe. That morning, In France, some tens of thoudsand soldiers stormed from their boat through the chilly seawater onto the beaches of Normandy. In…