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70th Anniversary of The Liberation of the Netherlands

70th Anniversary of The Liberation of the Netherlands

Veteran Affairs Canada invited regimental, air force and naval associations that participated in the Liberation of the Netherlands to be part of the official Government of Canada delegation. In May 2015, selected Canadian Veterans of the Second World War travelled from Canada to the Netherlands as members of the delegation for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands to participate in commemorative ceremonies. These are some sights and sounds of that trip.

Starving Children in Holland

Starving Children in Holland

Mr. Bruce offers a sombre reflection about the starvation he witnessed in Holland, particularly its effect on children.

Diving from Enemy Fire

Diving from Enemy Fire

The Squadron moves into Eindhoven and Mr. Rohmer describes one particularly close call he experienced.

Aerial Operations in Holland

Aerial Operations in Holland

Mr. Hanna recalls missions in Holland and launching precision-strikes using rockets.

He died before we got to town

He died before we got to town

Mr. Lammers discusses his army service in Indonesia and once again having to deal with death.

8000 jumped, 800 survived

8000 jumped, 800 survived

Mr. Lammers discusses terrible losses at Arnhem and Nijmegen and their lasting impact on his family.

There was this big German flag

There was this big German flag

Mr. Lammers discusses German collaborators and recriminations against the some of them.

She was sitting there crying

She was sitting there crying

Mr. Lammers discusses aspects of the German occupation, on his family and friends.

I was ready to jump

I was ready to jump

Mr. Lammers discusses transporting, planting and removing German land mines.

Shoot the guy

Shoot the guy

Mr. Lammers discusses food shortages and the involvement of the Dutch underground and Allied air support for supplying the cities with food.

They lost five or six planes

They lost five or six planes

Mr. Lammers describes bomber traffic over Holland.

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