Canada and the Liberation of the Netherlands, May 1945

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Dundurn, May 1, 2005 - History - 239 pages
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Nazi Germany's invasion of the Netherlands in May 1940 marked the beginning of five years of terror for the Dutch people. They faced oppression and death with remarkable stoicism, but nothing could save them from the Hunger Winter of 1944-5, when more than 30,000 people died of starvation.

In this time of unimaginable despair, Canada came to the rescue, playing the largest role in liberating the Netherlands and ending the Nazi reign of terror. The Canadians gave the Dutch freedom - and food - and out of such dark times an eternal friendship was forged.

Told through interviews with Dutch survivors and Canadian veterans, Canada and the Liberation of the Netherlands, May 1945 delves into this little known chapter of history.

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
List of Participants
8
Darkness
10
A Ray of Hope
53
Battle of the Scheldt October 1 November 8 1944
63
Winter on the Maas November 9 1944 February 7 1945
105
The Rhineland Campaign February 8 March 11 1945
148
The Final Phase March 12 May 4 1945
167
De Bevrijding May 5 1945
208
Between Friends
221
Special Thanks
236
Bibliography
237
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Page 4 - No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the Kingdom of Night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.

About the author (2005)

Lance Goddard has worked in television for nearly 20 years. His first book, D-Day: Juno Beach, Canada's 24 Hours of Destiny, accompanied the TV documentary of the same name, which he also produced, became an instant bestseller.

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