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

8 Apr

Struikelstenen (Stolpersteine) wandeling

Stolpersteine walk Unique wheelchair walk along Nijkerk stumbling stones (Stolpersteine). Under the guidance of a museum guide and with the help of primary school students, we walk past these special monuments.

8 Apr

WO2-café Dieren

Geannuleerd

9 Apr

WO2-café Geldermalsen

Geannuleerd

9 Apr

Bustour ‘in de voetsporen van de Canadese bevrijders’

Geannuleerd

9 Apr

Achterhoek herdenkt 75 jaar Vrijheid

13 Aug - 10 Apr

Escaperoom Universiteit in Verzet

10 Apr

Lezing over Ru Paré

10 Apr

Lezing over Ru Paré

10 Apr

De aanslag

11 Apr

In de voetsporen van de Canadezen

11 Apr

Voorst Remembers Operation Cannonshot

On Saturday 11th of April, the Bussloo Recreation Area is the subject of Operation Cannonshot, the start of the liberation of the Veluwe. There is much to experience such as a military camp, re-enactment and lectures. The highlight is the launch of the amphibious vehicles in the recreational lake.

11 Apr

Operatie Geslaagd – Erik Krikke en zijn band 7even Bridges over PTSS

17 Jan - 12 Apr

Expositie ‘Bezet, bevrijd & geplunderd’

12 Apr

Voorst Remembers Operation Cannonshot – Bevrijdingstour en Herdenking

On Sunday 12th of April 2020, Easter Sunday, the crossing of the IJssel, Operation Cannonshot, will be commemorated and relived. Military vehicles will ride a tour through the villages of the municipality of Voorst. Along the route there are some stops to commemorate and realize the liberation.

13 Apr

Klementbrug Heerde

13 Apr

Herdenking Posterenk | 75 jaar bevrijding

13 Apr

Lezing Rob Bertholee

14 Apr

WO2-café Barneveld

Geannuleerd

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