Photo report: the Netherlands at war, 1940-1945

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This year, we’re celebrating 79 years since the end of World War II. The world we live in today is quite different, making this the perfect day to reflect on the grand historical event that WWII was.

World War II was something unprecedented in the history of humankind, and the marks it left behind are still visible. However, like any major crisis, it brought out both the best and the worst in humanity, be it our ability to demonstrate solidarity or our destructive tendencies.

We’ve compiled a report with photos from World War II in the Netherlands, as a visual reminder of those days not that long ago.

Dutch soldiers on guard shortly after the war started, around 1939

The Netherlands at war: Dutch soldiers on guard shortly after the war started, around 1939
Image: Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

The bombed-out centre of Rotterdam after the Blitz

The Netherlands at war: The bombed-out centre of Rotterdam after the Blitz
Image: Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

The German army in Amsterdam, 1940

The Netherlands at war: The German army in Amsterdam, 1940.
Image: German Federal Archives/Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0

The destruction of Nijmegen, 1944

The Netherlands at war: The destruction of Nijmegen, 1944
Image: US Archive/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

Street scene in Amsterdam, 1944

Soldiers handing out chocolate to Dutch children, 1944

The Netherlands at war. Chocolate handed out to Dutch children by soldiers, 1944
Image: Imperial War Museum/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Queen Wilhelmina inspecting troops somewhere near Eindhoven, around 1944-1945

The Netherlands at war: Queen Wilhelmina inspecting troops somewhere near Eindhoven, around 1944-1945
Image: Imperial War Museum/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

The bombing of the Bezuidenhout area in the Hague, 1945

Canadian troops pass by a windmill close to Holten, 1945

Sherman tanks advancing through Valkenswaard, 1945

The Netherlands at war: Sherman tanks advancing through Valkenswaard, 1945
Image: Imperial War Museum/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

Public shaming of collaborators with the Nazis, 1945

The Netherlands at war: Public shaming of collaborators with the Nazis, 1945
Image: Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0

Canadian soldiers with Dutch children, 1945

The Netherlands at war: Canadian soldiers with Dutch children, 1945
Image: Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia Commons/CC1.0

The Queen speaking to locals, 1945

The Netherlands at war: The Queen speaking to locals, 1945
Image: Nationaal Archief/Wikimedia Commons/CC1.0

German prisoners of war in Venlo, 1945

The Netherlands at war: German prisoners of war in Venlo, 1945
Image: U.S. National Archives/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

Dutch citizens and Canadian soldiers celebrating liberation

The Netherlands at war: Dutch citizens and Canadian soldiers celebrating liberation
Image: Tylerweatherill/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

READ MORE | 7 unmissable movies about the Netherlands in WWII

To learn more about World War II in the Netherlands, you can read about Remembrance Day and Liberation Day, as well as the infamous Rotterdam Blitz.

What photos did you enjoy most? Got any other photographs that you feel need to be shown? Let us know in the comments!

Feature Image: Lt. D. Guravitch/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain

Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad Moca-Grama
Vlad was born and raised in Brasov, Romania and came to the Hague to study. When he isn't spending time missing mountains or complaining about the lack of urban exploration locations in the Netherlands, you can find him writing at Dutch Review.

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  1. What a great article. Although I was very young during the war it left a lasting expression
    I particularly remember the Canadian soldiers who dealt out chocolate.

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