Holland was overrun by the Nazis in May 1940, Queen Wilhelmina sought refuge
in England. In 1942, the Crown Princess Juliana was persuaded to leave
for Canada where she made her wartime home. When victory was secured in
1945, Princess Juliana and her family returned to their homeland where
they found the people recovering from the ravages of war.
Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, included the
First Canadian Army being assigned the task of clearing the coastal areas
and opening the channel ports for vital supplies. The First Canadian Army
was international in character. In addition to three Canadian divisions
it had a Polish Division, a British Corps, and at various times American,
Belgian and Dutch troops.
Canadian Division being welcomed to Dieppe. Boulogne, Calais, and Cap Gris
Nez followed, and by the end of September the Channel coast,
in southern Holland the British and American troops had pushed forward
on a broad front. the 2nd British Army mounted an airborne attack
to secure river crossings at Grave, Nijmegen and Arnhem.
17 April, 1945,
Canadian lead tanks
roll into Apeldoorn, loudly cheered by relieved residents.
of the Netherlands was completed on May 5, 1945 by the First Canadian Army
of the Netherlands
Original painting "FRIENDS"
presented to the
of Burlington, Ontario
Netherlands Friendship Association (CNFA),
by: Jason Bouwman
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