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Liberation Route. A continuously growing remembrance trail.

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Liberation Route Europe is a continuously growing, international remembrance trail, connecting important milestones of modern European history. Liberation Route Europe links the main regions along the advance of the Western Allied Forces.


In May 1940 Overijssel was occupied by the German army along with the rest of the country. The inhabitants of Overijssel would have to suffer through five years of occupation before being liberated in early 1945. While in 1944 the southern parts of the Netherlands were largely liberated, the population of Overijssel underwent several more months of occupation before they too were liberated in 1945. During these months Overijssel was bombed, acted as a stage for resistance networks and was used by the Nazis as a launch site for V1 and V2 rockets against Antwerp and London.

Canadian War Cemetery Holten

The 'Canadian War Cemetery Holten' on the Holterberg is one of the most impressive reminders of the Second World War. In the spring of 1945, after five years of oppression, Canadian troops were principally responsible for the liberation of northern and eastern Netherlands. During the liberation operations, many Canadian liberators paid the ultimate price. In an historic setting, 1,394 military have found their final resting place at the Canadian Military Cemetery.

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