Netherlands 2023 Blog
After a slight airline delay, the group linked up at the airport, boarded the buses, and moved towards the first visit.
The group first went to the Hartenstein Villa, famous as the British Headquarters during the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden. The museum has a wonderful exhibit called the “Airborne Experience”.
The group then proceeded to the hotel, where we kicked off the event with a small reception.
- Airborne Museum, Hartenstien
- Hotel Mercure, Nijmegen
- Canadian Windmill Observation Post, Groesbeek
- Groesbeek Canadian Cemetery with Faces to Fallen
- Freedom Museum
- Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
- Various sites of Canadian Army during Operation Blockbuster
- Xanten, Germany
- Nijmegen Sunset March
- Deleen Airfield Museum
- Several German Luftwaffe hangars that were disguised as barns, and now are actually used by farmers as barns, one was a car garage
- German Bunker near Deleen
- Netherlands Air Assault Brigade memorial (Indonesia and other wars)
- Wijchen site of CDN HQ in NL during Second World War
- Dutch Signals Museum (Verbindingstroepen Museum), Amersfoort NL
- Verbindingstroepen Regiment, Stroe NL
Video of the Ceremony at Groesbeek
C&E Branch volunteers provided the guard around the cross of sacrifice. Pipes and Drums was the RCMP Band.
A video about Faces to Graves Foundation, which is trying to find pictures of all Second World War personnel buried in these cemeteries (mostly Dutch, but parts of the video are in English).
Liberation Parade (YouTube, for skip to 48m:43s)
A special moment, HRH Princess Margriet was present at the parade. Unforgettable experience for C&E Branch Members!
- Wageningen NL for Liberation Day Parade
- Dinner at Mercure Hotel with Liesbeth Langford
All the photos are amazing, truly reflects the incredible experience had by all
Thank you for sharing these photos!