Liberation At Last

On 4 May 1945, the German Admiral Von Friedeburg at Lüneburg surrendered to British Field Marshal Montgomery on behalf of the German troops in Northwest Germany, the Netherlands, Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark. On 5 May, Canadian General Charles Foulkes summoned the German Supreme Commander Johannes Blaskowitz to Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen to discuss the effect of the capitulation of the German troops in the Netherlands in the presence of Prince Bernhard (Commander of the Interior Forces).

The photo, most likely taken on 5 May 1945, below was the book burning of an NSB shop in The Hague in 1945. The public looted and set fire to a shop of the NSB (Dutch Nazis). Much like 12 years before the Nazis did in Germany.

During the negotiations on 5 May 1945, the street along Hotel De Wereld in Wageningen, during the capitulation negotiations.

A photo of Canadian soldiers entering Leiden, Tuesday, 8 May 1945. A Canadian soldier with a wife in traditional Zeeland costume and six children. In the background of the photo: (…)dsreportage (…)NK en Beeld’ (… gel 5. tel 395 Leiden, and text on the back, “I took this photo on the sound car and the Zeeuwin with her blouse (?) children, who lived in Leiden as long as she was evacuated and whom I knew because she came to the dental institute as a patient of SS.”

After five years of oppression, the day of the complete liberation of the Netherlands came on 5 May 1945. Germany accepts the unconditional capitulation.

The Netherlands is free: While the Germans still armed along the roads to the assembly points, the Canadian Army N-W Netherlands advances into the Netherlands, enthusiastically received by the population. Before leaving for N.W. Netherlands, Gen. Maj. Kruls, Chief of Staff M.G., had a meeting with military authorities at the temporary staff quarters, Hotel Bloeminck. ‘t Loo. Gene. Maj. Curl in the middle of the section heads.



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