Episode 15: The Timbertown FolliesFirst aired: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 at 17.00 hours
Timbertown Groningen - The English Camp (1914-1918) is a book/DVD-project author Menno Wielinga and director Leo van Maaren about the fate of 1,500 British soldiers who were interned in a camp in wooden barracks during the four years of the First World War Groningen.
Menno Wielinga wrote the book about a forgotten episode from the Groningen history, the story of the 1500 sailor soldiers of the "First Royal Navy Brigade." The brigade is composed largely of naval reservists , former sailors and former stokers, often supplemented by volunteers . In November 1914 the brigade were sent to the besieged Antwerp , but after the collapse of the front, men flee the Dutch border and they eventually end up in Groningen, to be incarcerated there for four years.
One of the many topics covered in the book, is the valiant attempt to keep the sailors for four long years working as meaningful as possible. That not only by the obligatory morning marches and military daily routine, but also through education , sports and entertainment
There are also many cultural activities developed in the camp , such as the Timber Town Operatic Society, the Comedy Society and Dramatic Society . The greatest success has been for the Timberline Follies , which receive more than 300 appearances during the war.