Members of the Smit-van der Heijden Line

The following pages list the marechaussee members and the civilian members of the Smit-van der Heijden Line to the extent that I have been able to identify them.  I list the marechaussees separately because, as policemen, they were in a significantly different position than the civilians, particularly because of the military-like structure in which they worked, the authority they had in dealing with people, and the fact that they legally could carry weapons.

Identifying members of the line presents problems at times.  Not all lists of members that have come down to us from Karst Smit or Eugene van der Heijden are complete or consistent.  Some individuals who helped Allied airmen may have done so in 1944 after the line was destroyed by the Germans.  They may have lived in towns where the line had a presence in 1942-43 and they may have had contact with persons who were part of the line, but it may be an exaggeration to include them.

Keep in mind that, except in the case of the unique nature of the marechaussees where they were part of a recognizable organization, most members of the line were just names on a list of contacts.  There was no “organization” as such.

The members of the line appear on the following pages:

One response to “Members of the Smit-van der Heijden Line

  1. I am trying to find the group and /or activities of Jose Maria Lecomte ( belgian resistance (“dinamite”) during ww2. She was able to help downed airmen escape and was an active member conveying arms and destroying trains.

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