In the Netherlands, 5 May marks the celebration of the country’s liberation from Nazi occupation during World War II. Johannes Blaskowitz, German commander-in-chief of the Netherlands, surrendered the remaining 117,000 troops to Canadian General Charles Foulkes in the Dutch town of Wageningen on 5 May 1945. The Canadians played a pivotal role in this effort, liberating the majority of Holland and ultimately suffering over 7,600 casualties.
The following clip shows Holten Canadian War Cemetery, located in the north east of the Netherlands and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It contains 1,380 identified casualties, many of whom were Canadians involved in the liberation of the country. After nearly 70 years, deep gratitude and appreciation are still felt by the Dutch towards their Canadian liberators.