Look at the expression on the boy’s face…
For that matter look at all the people’s facial expressions on all these pictures sent by a reader who lives in the Netherlands.
People never forgot.
The answer is just after this picture of a German soldier.
The look on his face says it all.
These pictures were sent to me by Hennie Berendsen. I asked him if I could post them.
He shared those pictures reacting to a post I wrote on this other blog about RCAF 403 Squadron.
Hennie had sent me some pictures about one of the pilots who was shot down in the Netherlands in 1945. I wrote his story in 2011.
Hennie read that post and he shared these pictures for my readers.
I always write something when someone shares pictures or stories and he or she wants me to share them. I do all this to find relatives of those who never came back.
I never got any messages from Admiral Byrd’s relatives. Maybe one day I will.
So what about these five pictures?
Hennie wrote me this…
Here are the pictures taken 31 march 1945 of the liberation of Ulft.
Canadian 8th RECC and Regiment Fusiliers Mont Royal.
They took prisoners of German Fallschirmjager.
He added this after…
I’ve pictures of the liberation of the place Ulft made by a civilian.
The liberators Canadian 8th Recce with Les Fusiliers Mont Royal,
Easter Day found us in the town of Ulft (war diary) MR 068670 sheet P-1 which had been entered the previous day against scattered resistance, consisting mainly of snipers and A/A gun stations used on ground role.
Thanks to Karl Lusink Drempt.
Ulft is a small town near the German frontier in the east of the Netherlands, about 60 miles from the German Ruhrgebiet.
Many planes crashed in the neighbourhood, the résistance movement had helped also many pilots to escape. (Cappetti-line)
Hennie sent me more pictures with this message.
In honour of our Canadian Liberators a few years ago, they rebuilt a Bailey bridge over the river “Oude IJssel” in our town, as you can see in the attachment.
Dutch travel photographer Hans Hendriksen aimed to honour all the brave British and Canadian soldiers who liberated the central-eastern part of the Netherlands (called Achterhoek) from the 5-year German occupation in April 1945 by making this sequential compilation of restaured, improved and post-colorised historic photographs.