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

23 Sep

Rondleidingen met een VR-bril

23 Sep

Rondleidingen met een VR-bril

24 Sep

Arnhem tijdens de bezetting 1940-1945

Actief

Lecture on Arnhem in the period 1940-1945

7 - 25 Sep

De White Ribbon Mile

26 Sep

Fietstocht ‘Waalstad in oorlog. Nijmegen-Oost tussen hoop en vrees’

26 Sep

Fietstocht ‘Waalstad in oorlog. Nijmegen-Oost tussen hoop en vrees’

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides (Dutch spoken).

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

3 Apr - 30 Sep

Moos Cohen

Exhibition of the work of Moos Cohen, painter, born in Tiel, lived in Amsterdam and was assasinated in Auschwitz in 1942.

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

4 Oct

Fieldtrips van Grateful Generation Tours

The Freedom Museum in cooperation with Grateful Generation tours will organize exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an authentic Willys MB from WW2 (2 to 3 persons, a maximum of 1 group is allowed at the same time).

4 Oct

Fieldtrips van Grateful Generation Tours

The Freedom Museum in cooperation with Grateful Generation tours will organize exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an authentic Willys MB from WW2 (2 to 3 persons).

14 Oct

Workshop ‘Het leven van de parachutist in WO2’

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