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De Woeste Hoeve is a place in the Netherlands near Apeldoorn which is remembered for an incident in the Second World War when, during the night of 6 March 1945, Dutch resistance fighters shot the Nazi Chief of Police, SS General Hans Rauter.

The shooting occurred accidentally when a group of six resistance fighters were on an assignment to capture a German truck so that they could steal food intended for the Germans. They chose Woeste Hoeve because of its remote location.[1]

Dressed in German uniforms, the resistance group thought they could hear the truck approaching and went out on the road to halt the vehicle. However, it turned out not to be a truck but Rauter's car. When they realised their mistake, they shot the three people inside, Rauter, an SS officer and the driver. They thought they had killed all three and ran off.

Rauter, who managed to survive the attack, was discovered a few hours later and taken to hospital in Apeldoorn where he recovered.

As a result, huge reprisals were taken under the command of SS Brigadefuhrer Dr Karl Eberhard Schöngarth on 8 March. At Woeste Hoeve itself, 116 men were rounded up and shot on the spot and another 147 Gestapo prisoners were executed at a number of other locations.[2]

Rauter was later captured by the British who turned him over to the Dutch. He was sentenced to death on 4 May 1948 and shot at Scheveningen on 25 March 1949.

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Coordinates: 52°6′18″N 5°57′5″E / 52.105°N 5.95139°E / 52.105; 5.95139


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