Historical Significance Of Canada's Involvement In The Liberation Of The Netherlands

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From September 1944 to April 1945, Canada fought the German soldiers starting in Normandy all the way to the Netherlands, successfully liberating the Scheldt estuary, the Netherlands, and driving the Nazis back into Germany. By examining historical significance, one can see that Canada’s involvement in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe was highly important; it ended the war, cost many Canadians their lives, created an enduring friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, displayed Canada’s strength as a nation, and saved numerous innocent lives. Firstly, the campaign to liberate the Netherlands and Europe ended the War in Europe. In February 1945, the Allies launched the Rhine offensive that drove German forces back over the Rhine…show more content…
This huge accomplishment earned Canada more respect from other countries and proved that they could be trusted to carry out important tasks. Lastly, Canada’s sacrifice to the freedom of the Netherlands saved many innocent lives. During the WWII, many citizens of the Netherlands were dying of starvation, as food supplies had been exhausted and the Nazi’s occupation in the country prevented supply reinforcements. Thus, when Canada liberated the Netherlands, it allowed them to parachute or trucked in food for the starving Dutch population. (The Liberation of the Netherlands, 1944-1945, www.warmuseum.ca) Since Canada was able to free the Dutch from the Germans when they did, they were able to save many citizens from starvation. It is necessary that citizens are aware of the noble accomplishments of Canadians during WWII. Ultimately, the Netherlands and the liberation of Europe are highly significant since these events ended the war in Europe, had many Canadian casualties, created a lasting bond between the Netherlands and Canada, earned Canada further international respect, and saved innocent
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