World War 2 in the Netherlands

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As the saying goes “A picture tells a thousand words” therefor rather then writing at length about  WWII in the Netherlands, I have decided that this time I will let the pictures do the talking.

The photograph on the top is a picture of American troops from the 82nd Airborne Division parachute into The Netherlands on Sept. 17, 1944.

Following are just a few pictures in no particular order

German SS soldiers advancing towards the Allies on stolen  bicycles during Operation Market Garden.

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In 1941 the German occupiers turned the Jewish district in Amsterdam into a ghetto.

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Jews are being arrested during a raid in Amsterdam in February 1941

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The city of Rotterdam after the German bombing during the German invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940.

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Dutch soldiers guard the border with Germany shortly after mobilization, 1939

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Diplomat being evacuated from occupied Holland. German special visa issued for the travel on a diplomatic train for the evacuation in July of 1940.

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Members of the Dutch Resistance, identified by their cloth armbands, with American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division in Eindhoven, September 1944

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A case of ‘friendly’ fire on October 5 1942 RAF bombers mistakenly bomb the town of Geleen, thinking it was Aachen in Germany.

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Canadian troops pass a windmill in Rijssen-Holten, April 1945.

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Dutch civilians pictured during the Hongerwinter of 1944–45

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The town of Nijmegen in ruins on Sept. 28, 1944. The bridge in the background was one key element to Operation Market Garden.

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