XII Manitoba Dragoons
STAGHOUND
Part III
LIBERATION OF HOLLAND
by
Marco Hogenkamp
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PART III
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2015 UPDATE
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Liberation of Lichtenvoorde
 
These two photos were taken in my hometown Lichtenvoorde, in the eastern part of Holland. They were taken by the father (Willem Wekking) of my uncle. He was a professional photographer before the war, and, as a true Dutchman, kept on photographing/filming during the war, despite the severe penalties which could result.

Lichtenvoorde was liberated about 8.00 hours in the morning of 31 March 1945 by the British Guards Armoured Division.  31 March was "Eerste Paasdag" or "First Eastern Day". According to eyewitnesses the liberation of Lichtenvoorde was easy (I think when you are in a fighting unit you can never speak of an "easy" liberation) It was described as "they came from Aalten and went to Groenlo".

Both photos were made later on this day, in the centre of the village, opposite site of the church. 

The actual liberation of Lichtenvoorde was also filmed on 8mm film by the same man. The film shows a column of Shermans and Halftracks entering the town from the direction of Aalten. The Shermans carry the numbers 52 and 48. In the film there also appear a Dingo and a Daimler armored car, both clearly carrying the well known number "44" .



 
The XII Manitoba Dragoons Enter the City of Vriezenveen




Amsterdam Parade on June 28, 1945
This photo was used in a collection of postcards which was made in
remembrance of the "Bevrijdingsfeesten" or "Liberation Celebrities".


Leeuwarden and Almelo


This photo was taken at nearby Eerde, in the Ommen region.
The crew on this Staghound escaped unharmed
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This photo was taken on the "Stationsweg"  in Ommen 
Regretfully two members of the Dragoons died here April 6, 1945
There is a small memorial on this spot in honour of 
Lieutenant Thomas Wilson and Trooper Wilfred Soanes. 



STAGHOUND RESTORED
A Tribute to the XII Manitoba Dragoons
by Marco Hogenkamp
PART I
PART II
PART III
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2015 UPDATE
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Marco Hogenkamp
Lievelderweg 36 ~ 7131 MC ~ Lichtenvoorde
The Netherlands


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