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.

March 24, 2018

We have asked several Engelandvaarders to share a special memory of their escape from Holland to England during the war. After the first contribution the second story is by Ellis Brandon

During the war Ellis Brandon (April 8 1923) and Herman Friedhoff, her boyfriend a...

February 10, 2018

We have asked several Engelandvaarders to share a particular memory of their journey from Holland to England during the war. This first contribution is by Engelandvaarder Marinus Zuidijk who describes seven subsequent incidents of 'a tiny angel sitting on his shoulder'...

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.

September 14, 2017

This post is about Dutch citizens who escaped from occupied Holland to England during WW2.

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