Each year on the fourth of May the Dutch commemorate the people who lost their lives in World War Two. Many attend ceremonies held at special war sites. In the east of The Netherlands the children of Holten visit the Canadian War Cemetery on the Holterberg, a site of e...

December 26, 2018

During the Second World War Britain needed to secure its vital import of goods from overseas. To counteract the German U-boat menace the British sailed in convoy.

September 22, 2018

How a Dutch-Jewish merchant rescued many refugees from prison in the French city of Lyon during World War Two.

Although the German forces were not on high alert during the night of D-Day, the fierce winds had a serious impact on the allied surprise attack.

Without the help of many extremely brave people who were often organised in resistance networks, it would have been impossible for many refugees, like our father Jan ter Doest, to reach their destination.

After Jan ter Doest was released from Spanish concentration camp Miranda de Ebroin the north of Spain around the 20th of January 1943, he was transported to the British crown colony of Gibraltar. He was seventeen.

At his arrival Gibraltar must have looked quite gri...

In an earlier post, What are Engelandvaarders?, we mentioned the first successful escape to England via the Channel by three Dutch students, Kees van Eendenburg, Freddy Vas Nunes and Karel Michielsen in July 1940. The crossing took place in a, not very seaworthy, 12 fo...

December 16, 2017

This post is about refugees during the second world war who were arrested in Spain and sent to concentration camp Miranda de Ebro.

Since many centuries, the fifth of December is a special day in Dutch folklore. On this day the Dutch celebrate the birthday of ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicolas). According to tradition he always arrives in The Netherlands two weeks before his birthday by boat, a big steam...

November 19, 2017

In January 1944 after half a year of practicing and team building the 322 squadron was ready for operation and moved from Woodvale to the south-east of England where the main action was. Its first operational base was Hawkinge south of Dover where on a good day the Fre...

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