Location: Schmachdarm The weekend of the 70th Anniversary of the battle of Arnhem (20 & 21 September), I toured through the Rhineland with four Canadians, relatives of two Canadian veterans. We stayed at the 'Hotel Nagtigall' at Schmachdarm, located on the edge of the Hochwald near Uedem. Tranquil countryside today, in 1945 it was the location where Major Fred Tilston, CO of 'C' Coy of the Essex Scottish Regiment, 2nd Cdn Infantry Division, won a Victoria Cross on March 1st, 1945. Obviously this tempted me to take some pictures of the area. Location of Schmachdarm: Schmachdarm, with Hotel Nagtigall, must not be confused with the Forest House further south which at the time carried the same name: Forsthaus Nagtigall. The latter, located at the end of the Gellinger Strasse, for some time served as Tac HQ of the 116th Pz Division. See for both locations the attached wartime map of the area: Pre-war picture of the Hotel Nagtigall, which at the time was called the Schenkwirtschaft (tavern) Theod. Wehren. The Uedemerbruch is the shallow, waterlogged valley between the Totenhügel or Calcar Plateau and the Hochwald. Next to the tavern, right on the edge of the woods is the Schmachdarm Farm; built in the same style as the old tavern. Together these two buildings form the tiny township of Schmachdarm. Picture taken with a view to the north, standing on the secondary road which forks off at Schmachdarm and follows the western face of the forest to Forsthaus Nagtigall. The T-roads just beyond the farm is where the secondary road debouches on to the Landes Strasse 5 (L5).