The Netherlands and World War Two.
Amsterdam, May 1940.
An Amsterdam street, an Amsterdam canal. Peace and quiet.
The same place on that sunny Saturday, May 11, 1940, 11:00 AM.
After the sudden sounding of the air-raid siren for that single German plane, a big bang. 44 dead, 79 wounded.
Enclosure Dam battle, May 1940.
A German attempt to take the strategic Enclosure Dam failed. One of the rare places in Western Europe where the 1940 Blitzkrieg was stopped.
Video with Dutch narration, but interesting footage.
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Rotterdam, May 1940.
The old centre of Rotterdam before and after the bombing of May 14, 1940.
And a German newsreel on the attack on Holland and Rotterdam.
A lot of destruction by bombing or shelling never made it into the history books. So many smaller towns that suffered heavily all the same.
Just one example, Nijmegen. American bombing on February 22, 1944.
A mistake, promptly used by the Nazis. Like in this propaganda footage, German soldiers helping out.
Battle of Walcheren, southern delta.
September 1944, all supplies for the advancing Allies still had to be brought in over the beachheads of Normandy. The first large and intact liberated port that was Antwerp. But the Germans held the opening to the sea, the river Scheldt. Forcing a way through was essential.
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