Liberation of Apeldoorn – April 1945

A 7 inch by 11 inch map # 11 drawn by Brigadier Eric Haldenby for the regimental history Dileas by Kim Beattie.

The liberation of the Netherlands, from September 1944 to April 1945, played a key role in the culmination of the Second World War, as the Allied forces closed in on Germany from all sides. The First Canadian Division played a major role in the liberation of the Dutch people who had suffered terrible hunger and hardship under the increasingly desperate German occupiers.

The Canadian army also played a leading role in opening Belgium and the Netherlands’ Scheldt estuary (tidal river), gateway to the port of Antwerp. Access to this port was essential to maintain supply lines to the Allied armies as they continued their push toward Germany to defeat Adolf Hitler’s forces and free Western Europe from four years of Nazi occupation which had begun in April 1940.

Associated place
Holland, Apeldoorn
Associated event
Associated name(s)
1939 – 1945 (WW 2)
Location of artifact
Research Room Wall


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