Canadians liberate Gelderland

At the end of March 1945, Allied units enter Dutch territory in the Achterhoek. After heavy fighting, the path to liberate the rest of the Netherlands is open. On 5 May 1945, German General Blaskowitz meets with Canadian General Foulkes in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. Blaskowitz signs the surrender orders for the German troops in the Netherlands, and with this, the country is finally free after five years of occupation and war.

 

While British and American troops advance further into Germany, the Canadians liberate the eastern and northern Netherlands. In March and April heavy fighting takes place in the Achterhoek. The German troops are forced out of Arnhem, and the Veluwe is conquered. In April, the Allied troops liberate large parts of northeast Netherlands (Source: wegnaardebevrijding.nl).

On 5 May 1945, German General Blaskowitz meets Canadian General Foulkes in Hotel de Wereld in Wageningen. Blaskowitz signs the surrender orders for the German troops in the Netherlands and with this, the country is finally free after five years of occupation and war.

Read more about the liberation of the east of the Netherlands on Liberationroute.com.

The fight for the Veluwe

After five years of occupation, the Netherlands was liberated in 1945. A lot happened in the Veluwe during the war years. On this route, you cycle along various historical locations that were central to the liberation of the Veluwe by the Canadian army. You will, for example, learn how Apeldoorn escaped a heavy artillery bombardment in the night of 16 and 17 April 1945 and new victims of war were prevented.

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Experience ‘Gelderland Remembers’ at the following events

17 Nov

Luister- en muziekvoorstelling: ‘Vechten, vluchten, overleven’

14 Sep - 17 Nov

Tentoonstelling ‘Jac Maris, Gab Smulders en de Tweede Wereldoorlog’

18 Nov

Vrijheidstribunaal #1 klaagt aan: het collectieve geheugen

20 Nov

Gelders Debat: Vrijheid, Democratie en Herinneringstoerisme

26 Nov

Herdenking crash B-17 bommenwerper in het Boschbad in Apeldoorn

28 Nov

Themalezing: Rabbijn Salomons en de opvang van Duitse joodse vluchtelingen na 1933

29 Nov

Herdenking Dwangarbeiders Apeldoorn 29-11-2019

1 Sep - 30 Nov

Tentoonstelling 75 jaar Market Garden

From September till the end of November exhibition 75 year Market Garden

1 Dec

Cafe van Lin 1944

"Café van Lin", a concept in Overasselt for decades, has disappeared from the streets for years. The cafe was used by the occupiers, later by the allies. After the liberation, Josephine Baker performed in this cafe.

7 Sep - 8 Dec

de Mix de Stilde, foto expositie

1 Sep - 13 Dec

Tentoonstelling Slag om Arnhem in Rozet

The Battle of Arnhem in comic books and quotes from diaries.

2 Sep - 20 Dec

Educatie VO: Slag om Arnhem in strips

Education about popular visual culture in which the Battle of Arnhem is depict.

2 Sep - 20 Dec

Educatie PO: Slag om Arnhem in strips

Visit Rozet with your class and discover the Battle of Arnhem.

21 Dec

Familiedag met kerst in het museum

21 Dec

Top2000 Popkoren Contest – Freedom

Experience the best songs of all time sung by the best pop choirs in the Netherlands in the TOP2000 Pop Choirs Contest. This year 's theme is Freedom beause of Gelderland Commemorates.

24 Dec

Lichtjes op oorlogsgraven Airborne begraafplaats Oosterbeek

Placing candles on Christmas Eve on the war graves of the Airborne cemetery at Oosterbeek, to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. Candles will be present, we hope for many interested people who want to provide each grave with a candle.

12 Mar - 31 Dec

Escape Room WO-II: Drukkerij

In our educational Escape Room you have an hour to solve all riddles and crack the codes. A piece of Nijmegen history comes to life in this unique experience.

9 Jul - 31 Dec

75 bijzondere Sunset Marches

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