494. The Raid at Anna Jacobapolder

On the night trom January 22nd to January 23rd, 1945, about 50 Gerrnan paratroopers snowsuits climb over the Zijpe and carry out an attack. At the farm house "Court Rumoirt, at the Langeweg a gunfight breaks out. Three Polish, two British and one Dutch military group commander Piet Adventure, all loose their lives. There is also one civilian casualty. The tower is blown up at around midnight that evening. 

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374. The Landing at Amber Beach

The high dyke area of Green Beach proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for most of the vehicles. For that reason, Amber Beach was chosen as the main landing site. That morning, they were followed by two more battalions and 18 floating Sherman tanks. Two days later, the 157th brigade joined them, too. The Germans were attacked off guard, but managed to quickly respond. By the end of that morning, they moved five squads of the 7oth lnfantry Division in the counterattaclc. They made all efforts to push back the Scots at any cost.

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499. The Four Freedoms

With the end of the Battle of the Scheldt and the opening of the ports of Antwerp, with the end of the war in sight, Roosevelt could finally launch his plans for the United Nations in January of 1945. After his death, the Four Freedoms became part of the personal mission of his widow, Eleanor Roosevelt. They formed the basis for the Universa! Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948. Oud-Vossemeer is well-known because the ancestors of the president may likely originate from here.

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482. The Renesse Ten

December 1944. Schouwen-Duiveland has been largely inundated. A large part of the population, except from the Westhoek, has been taken away. When all men between 17-40 years will be sent to Germany, it is decided that the registers of Renesse and surrounding
communities must disappear.

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219. Thorn in the frontline

The sector between Thorn and Ell (in the west), bordering on the Wessem-Nederweert Canal was liberated in September/mid November by Belgian (and Luxembourg) troops, the Brigade Piron, which was part of the British Eighth Army Corps. It was an independent brigade named after its first commander, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Piron and consisted of soldiers who had escaped the German siege of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940.

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214. The cathedral tower is blown up!

During WW2, the city of Roermond suffered greatly under the German occupation and the efforts of the Allies to liberate it. At the beginning of 1945, almost all civilians are evacuated. On February the 28th, the occupiers blow up the cathedral tower in an almost deserted town. Although nearby, a Jewish girl is hiding under the floor of a bakery ...

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216. Unparalleled destruction

In September 1944, there are approximately 240 ships in the port of Maasbracht. Ships masters have found shelter here with their families. Sailing on the River Maas is too dangerous. From the air, the Allies have already strafed ships on the river several times. They assume any ship still sailing could be a German military transport.

The German occupation force in Maasbracht has ordered everyone to leave the port and sail north. But not a single ships master obeys. After all, there is no cargo to carry and the risk of attack from the air is too great.

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159. Village in the front line

Along with Terheijden and Wagenberg, Den Hout was one of the villages that came to lie directly in the front line during the battle for the Mark Canal. The village was bombarded by a hail of grenades, launched by the Polish artillery. British fighters carried out air strikes. The devastation in Den Hout was enormous and there were many civilian casualties.

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158. Twice conquered

On the 28th of October 1944, the Dragon battle group from the 1st Polish Armoured Division liberated the village of Dorst. After an earlier artillery barrage, at eight o'clock in the evening the Poles surprised the Germans in Dorst who were still preparing their evening meal.

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156. The Driesprong Church

German demolition units often blew up tall buildings as their troops had to retreat before the Allied advance. The church that once stood on this spot also suffered this fate. The Germans wanted to prevent the enemy using the church tower as a lookout post. Hence other tall buildings, such as water towers and windmills were often blown up too.

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