During the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), the struggle of the rebellious states of the Netherlands against Spain was led successively by Willem van Oranje and his sons Maurits and Frederik Hendrik. The Achterhoek, but also large parts of Brabant, Limburg and Overijssel, were the scene of the Eighty Years’ War in the second half of the 17th century. There is therefore absolutely no Golden Age here. The predominantly Catholic population of these regions was really not waiting to be “liberated” by the armies of the prince.
The siege of the town of ‘Grol’ in the summer of 1627 is relived durig the Battle of Grolle. On July 20, 1627, the State army, under the leadership of Prince Frederik Hendrik, comes for “the strong city of Groll”. An event that briefly, but very emphatically, brings the city to the center of national history.