Liberation Day: Canadian Army’s Commemoration on May 5th

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The Canadian Army remembers its fallen men on the occasion of Liberation Day of the Netherlands. The army tweets on its official Twitter page Canadian Army, “

We mark the anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by commemorating close to 8,000 Canadian soldiers who gave their lives during the campaign.” 

Liberation of Netherlands Anniversary Canadian Army
Source: Twitter

Read on to discover what Liberation Day is for the Netherlands.

Liberation of Netherlands 

The allies with a major role in Canadian Army, played a significant role in the liberation of the Netherlands from the Nazis and Germany during World War 2. Details of the same are enumerated below.

Canada and D Day

Canada’s role in the Normandy landing was significant. The troops of Canadian armies along with the allies landed on June 6th, 1944. They continued to fight and advance from France towards the Netherlands.

Late 1944

In late 1944, Germans were handed over the first defeat by the Canadian Army and blocked the Scheldt Estuary.

By the end of October, the south of the Netherlands was liberated from the Nazis and this also gave allies the ability to use Antwerp harbor for future operations.

Canadian Soldiers Liberation Netherlands
Source: Twitter

Canadian Operations

In 1945, Canadian Army along with the Allies was able to push its up into numerous parts of the Netherlands and liberated about half of the county by the end of April.

1. The Scheldt

The maiden Canadian Army Unit in the Scheldt operations during the 1944 Campaign had British and Polish Units operating together. This unit liberated the Scheldt Estuary which is considered as the turning point in the campaign.

The First Canadian Army lost around 13,000 in a month. But the army continued to fight with courage and valor.

With the victory and capture of Scheldt, many areas of the Netherlands were quickly liberated by the end of 1944. Many parts of the Netherlands celebrated Christmas after four years of Nazi rule.

2. Liberation of Westerbrok Transit Camp

The operations intensified by April 1945 and the Canadian Army liberated more parts of the Netherlands. In the same month,  Canada was able to liberate the Westerbork Transit camp.

They provided people with medical care and food. The Transit camp was part of the holocaust plans of the Nazis and thousands of Jews were sent to concentration camps and killed from this camp.

3. Hunger Winter

The Germans could not take the defeats well. After a railway strike by the Allies, Germans decided to starve the Netherlands. They stopped the shipment of food.

The intention was to create Hunger Winter. However, the Canadian Army and the Allies were able to provide an emergency food supply and thereby saving the Netherlands from starvation.

Dutch Liberation Day Canadian Troops Celebration
Source: Twitter

4. Surrender by German Forces

Due to extensive operations by the Canadian Army and the Allies, Germany had to surrender to the Netherlands. They accepted their surrender at Wageningen.

The surrender involved a cease-fire and the surrender of all German soldiers and war assets in the Netherlands. The Canadian Army thereafter ceased all operations.

Remembering the Fallen Heroes

Canadian Army commemorates the thousands of fallen heroes during the Liberation of Netherlands on the Liberation Day.

The tweet by the Canadian Navy was retweeted by Anita Anand, the Defence Minister of Canada. Let us together remember our brave heroes on this Liberation Day.

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