On to Victory: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945
Douglas & McIntyre, 2010 - 525 pagina's
March 23, 1945. Tens of thousands of Allied troops, following on the heels of a massive artillery barrage, lunge across the Rhine River aboard amphibious craft, while even more land from the skies. Operations Plunder and Varsity aim to smash the German forces determined to stop this crossing, which will unleash a breakout into the heartland of Germany and the Netherlands and likely bring a rapid end to the war.
On the left flank of Plunder, First Canadian Army thrusts into the westernmost corner of Germany and advances into the Netherlands to free the Dutch people from a tyrannical Nazi occupation. In much of the Netherlands, the population is on the brink of starvation, a disastrous humanitarian crisis imminenet.
During the next forty-eight days, Canadian troops face some of their toughest fighting. Repeatedly, in such towns as Bienan, Speldrop, Zutphen, and Deventer, and in the major Dutch city of Groningen, they are embroiled in costly large-scale street fighting. And on the other side of each canal or river---whose dykes provide ideal defences---the Germans wait calmly for the attack. Each day the casualties mount, while the tension of a war nearly over increases. Will the last man to fall today be the war's final casualty?
"With his signature style of veteran accounts artfully interlaced with the official record, Zuehlke's skill in writing battle narrative remains unsurpassed." Quill & Quire
For the Millions of Dutch Facing imminent starvation, the period of their liberation, March 23 to May 5, 1945, was "the sweetest of springs." But for the Canadians fighting a series of fierce, desperate battles in these last months of the war, it was bittersweet. A nation's freedom was being won and the war concluded, but these final hostilities cost First Canadian Army 6,289 casualties, of which 1,481 were fatal.
These numbers could have been far higher had it not been for one of the war's most highly guarded secrets---a clandestine agreement with German command in the Netherlands to allow the Allies to deliver food to the people in western Holland, where the country's largest cities were situated, in exchange for a ceasefire in that area. Food supplies were virtually exhausted, and the Germans had threatened to open the dykes and flood the entire region if they were attacked. Only skillful negotiation with these German leaders prevented a catastrophe.
But on other fronts, the Canadians continued the grim fight to liberate the rest of Holland and to drive into northern Germany as part of the Allied push to end the war.
With his trademark "you are there" style that draws upon official records, veteran memories, and a keen understanding of the combat experience, Mark Zuehlke brings to life this final chapter in the story of Canada in World War II, in time for the 65th anniversary of Holland's liberation by Canadian troops.
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introduction The Sweetest of Springs
over the rhine then let us
No Possibility of Doubt
Never to Be Forgotten
Go for the Goddamn Woods
Long Way Out Front
On to Groningen
Waited So Long
Piece of Cake
Jerry Is Running
A Stern Atonement
The Enemy Fought Like Madmen
More Than Battered About
delighted with this entire show
All Together Again
A Lion and a Tiger
Fierce Rearguard Actions
On the Brink
Crazy Young Devils
LargeScale Street Fighting
Sound Tactical Plans
Thank You Canadians
The Liberation Campaign in Memory
The Canadian Army in the Liberation
Canadian Infantry Battalion
Overige edities - Alles weergeven
4th Canadian Armoured advance Allied Apeldoorn April–May Archives Canada Argyll Army Overseas Honours artillery assault attack Awards Citation Details battalion battle Bienan Bren bridge bridgehead Brigade War Diary Brigade’s British Calgary Highlanders Canadian Army Canadian Army Overseas Canadian Corps Canadian Infantry Brigade canal carrier casualties command Company Company’s Crerar crossing Delfzijl Department of National Directorate of Heritage Division’s Dragoons Dutch dyke Emmerich enemy Fallschirmjšger Field Regiment fight fire flank Foulkes front Germans ground gunners headquarters Heritage and History Highland Light Infantry Highlanders of Canada Highlanders War Diary Hussars IJssel killed Library and Archives Lieutenant Colonel Light Infantry machine guns Major March miles mortar National Defence Netherlands North Novas officer Operation Plunder Panzerfaust paratroops platoon prisoners Queen’s Regiment War Diary Regina Report Rhine river road Royal Canadian Royal Winnipeg Rifles Sergeant Seyss-Inquart shells snipers Squadron surrender tanks Toronto town troops Twenty-First Army Group village Wasps wounded