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

1 Sep - 30 Nov

Airborne kunst expo Stingerbol

1 Sep - 30 Nov

Openlucht expositie Vrijheid

10 Dec

Dag van de Rechten van de Mens

1 Apr - 19 Dec

Schaarste in kleding & mode in de tweede wereldoorlog

28 Mar - 19 Dec

Tentoonstelling Onderduiken op de boerderij

9 Jul - 30 Dec

Sunset March

Every night at sunset, as the streetlights turn on, a military veteran walks the Sunset March at the Oversteek Bridge in Nijmegen. All who are interested can walk along with the "Veteran of the Day".

1 Feb - 31 Dec

Oorlogsmuseum Niemandsland

1 Aug - 31 Dec

Nunspeet Memorial Tour

The Nunspeet Memorial Tour is a 55 km cycle route that visits almost all places in the municipality of Nunspeet where there is something to tell about the Second World War. The events of that time come to life by delving into history. Can also be downloaded as a gpx file.

8 Jun - 12 Jan

Expositie ‘De Tweede Wereldoorlog in Films’

1 - 1 Feb

Leskisten ‘Vrijheid’ voor basisscholen

29 Mar - 1 Feb

Expositie Kind van de vrijheid

11 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

18 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

21 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

23 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

25 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

28 Feb

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

4 Mar

Film ‘Krieg am Niederrhein’

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