I have to confess two things, firstly I am not 100% certain it was the actual last battle in Europe, although I believe it is. Secondly I actually hate the place, I was there once for a weekend and I believe the reputation of the Dutch being a bit tight must come from this place Texel. We stayed in a guest house which really resembled Fawlty Towers.
However this story is a fascinating one and one I wasn’t aware of until recently.
The Georgian Uprising on Texel (5 April 1945 – 20 May 1945) was an insurrection by the 882nd Infantry Battalion Königin Tamara (Queen Tamar or Tamara) of the Georgian Legion of the German Army (Wehrmacht Heer) stationed on the German occupied Dutch island of Texel (pronounced Tessel). The battalion was made up of 800 Georgians and 400 Germans, with mainly German officers.
For five years it…
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