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Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019

Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: After the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944, one of the greatest defeats suffered by the Allied forces during WWII, the northern part of the Netherlands remained under nazi-German occupation until the 5th of May 1945. In the spring of 1945, the Western Allied forces launched a number of operations to liberate the northern part of the Netherlands, two of them were Operation Quick Anger and Operation Cannonshot. Operation Quick Anger, also known as the Second Battle of Arnhem, was the beginning of the liberation of the northern part of the Netherlands. The First Canadian Army played a crucial role in the liberation of the Netherlands. After the Second Canadian Corps secured the eastern banks of the river IJssel, Operation Quick Anger started on 12 April 1945. The Allied crossed the IJssel from the east, a branch of the Rhine, at Westervoort. To liberate Arnhem an enormous Allied military force was gathered at the small village of Westervoort on the east bank of the IJssel. Arnhem is situated on the opposite bank of the IJssel. The operation was led by the 49th British 'Polar Bear' Infantry Division, supported by the 5th Canadian Armoured Division, the Royal Air Force and boats of the Royal Navy. The first troops crossed the IJssel in amphibious vehicles, within 11 hours the Allied forces had constructed a temperory bridge and thousands of military vehicles crossed the river to liberate Arnhem. On 14 April 1945, Arnhem was liberated and within a month the whole of the Netherlands.

In April 2019, we took part in the memorial tour and memorial ceremony of Operation Quick Anger. Authentic WWII military vehicles and their owners gathered at Vredenburg House in Westervoort for the Operation Quick Anger memorial tour. In our own Ford Jeep, together with other WWII vehicles, we drove through the Liemers and Achterhoek, rural regions east of the river IJssel. The tour ended at the Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument on the east bank of the IJssel at Westervoort, where we attended the memorial and wreath-laying ceremony. The WWII monument is situated at the spot where the Western Allies crossed the IJssel in 1945 to liberate Arnhem, it is one of the many monuments on the Liberation Route Europe. Since 2011, the memorial ceremony is held at the monument annually to commemorate the contrbution of the soldiers during Operation Quick Anger. In the Netherlands, and even in Westervoort, it is relatively unknown that the village played an important role during the liberation of the Netherlands. During the liberation of the Netherlands, 7,600 Canadian soldiers were killed, they are buried in military war cemeteries across the Netherlands. The largest, Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, holds the graves of 2,331 Canadian soldiers and also 256 British soldiers.

Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in the Dutch village of Westervoort for the...

Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in the Dutch village of Westervoort for the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019. In the spring of 1945, Operation Quick Anger, also known as the Second Battle of Arnhem, was the beginning of the liberation of the northern part of the Netherlands.

  1. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in the Dutch village of Westervoort for the...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in the Dutch village of Westervoort for the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019. In the spring of 1945, Operation Quick Anger, also known as the Second Battle of Arnhem, was the beginning of the liberation of the northern part of the Netherlands.

  2. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Three Jeeps and a Ford GPA Jeep of WWII at Vredenburg House in Westervoort, the Netherlands. The...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Three Jeeps and a Ford GPA Jeep of WWII at Vredenburg House in Westervoort, the Netherlands. The vehicles are ready for the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019. A Ford GPA Jeep is the amphibious version of a Ford GPW Jeep. The Ford GPA Jeep is also known as Seep. During WWII, 12,778 Seeps were constructed.

  3. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in Westervoort, the Netherlands. In April 2019,...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles gathered at Vredenburg House in Westervoort, the Netherlands. In April 2019, more than 30 WWII military vehicles took part in the memorial tour of Operation Quick Anger. At the end of WWII, Quick Anger was an Allied military operation to seize the city of Arnhem, the operation started on 12 April 1945. 

  4. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Just like in previous years, the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019 started at Vredenburg House in...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Just like in previous years, the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019 started at Vredenburg House in the Dutch village of Westervoort. Before Operation Quick Anger started on 12 april 1945, an enormous Western Allied military force was gathered at the small village of Westervoort on the east bank of the IJssel. 

  5. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A WWII Daimler Dingo and a WWII Jeep driving on a dyke road near Westervoort in the Netherlands. At...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A WWII Daimler Dingo and a WWII Jeep driving on a dyke road near Westervoort in the Netherlands. At the foreground the spare wheel on the back of a Jeep. Westervoort is situated on the east bank of the IJssel, Arnhem on the opposite bank. During Operation Quick Anger, the Allies crossed the IJssel from Westervoort to Arnhem.

  6. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles driving on the dyke road at Oud-Zevenaar, in the background the Saint...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: WWII military vehicles driving on the dyke road at Oud-Zevenaar, in the background the Saint Martin's Church of the village. Oud-Zevenaar is situated in the Dutch province of Gelderland near the German border. The Canadians liberated Oud-Zevenaar on 3 April 1945, a few days before the start of Operation Quick Anger.

  7. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: During the Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, an extremely nervous horse jumped between the WWII...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: During the Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, an extremely nervous horse jumped between the WWII vehicles. The horse and its rider walked at the foot of the dyke, the horse was not under adequate control and suddenly ran up the dyke. Fortunately no accidents occurred, because the vehicles stopped immediately.

  8. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, driving in our own Ford Jeep through the bocage landscape in...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, driving in our own Ford Jeep through the bocage landscape in the Liemers and the Achterhoek regions in the Netherlands. The Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour commemorates the Allied soldiers who fought for our freedom.

  9. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: There was a short pause during the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, the convoy of more...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: There was a short pause during the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour 2019, the convoy of more than 30 restored WWII military vehicles pulled up on the side of a rural road. During the WWII battles in the deserts of North Africa, Allied military vehicles were painted yellow as camouflage, like the yellow Jeep in the convoy.

  10. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A short stop along a small rural road during the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour. The...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A short stop along a small rural road during the Operation Quick Anger Memorial Tour. The memorial tour was leading through the landscape of the Liemers and the Achterhoek, regions situated in the easternmost part of the Netherlands along the border with Germany. The last vehicle in the convoy a our own Ford GPW Jeep.

  11. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The bonnet of our own Ford GPW Jeep while driving through the Liemers, a rural region in the Netherlands...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The bonnet of our own Ford GPW Jeep while driving through the Liemers, a rural region in the Netherlands east of the river IJssel. When the Allied forces invaded Europe in June 1944 to liberate Nazi-Germany occupied Europe, they used vehicles, such as Jeeps. Our own 1942 Jeep was one of them. 

  12. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A small convoy WWII military vehicles on the dyke road near the Memorial Crossing to...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A small convoy WWII military vehicles on the dyke road near the Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. The first car of the convoy is a RAF staff car, these kind of cars were used during WWII by officers who served in the Royal Air Force.

  13. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A small convoy of WWII Jeeps on the dyke road near the Memorial Crossing to Liberation...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: A small convoy of WWII Jeeps on the dyke road near the Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. Our own Royal Air Force blue Jeep was constructed in 1942 and landed on Juno Beach in 1944, a few weeks after D-Day. We see the origineel military vehicles as a tribute to and in memory of the veterans of WWII.

  14. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The wreath-laying ceremony at the Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. Every year,...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The wreath-laying ceremony at the Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. Every year, children from a local school participate in the laying of a wreath at the monument. The national flags of Canada, the Netherlands and Great-Britain are still half-staff in memory of the soldiers who died during Operation Quick Anger.

  15. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The memorial ceremony at the Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. After the flags were raised...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The memorial ceremony at the Crossing to Liberation Monument at Westervoort. After the flags were raised from half-staff to the masthead, a moment of silence was held as a gesture of respect to the fallen soldiers of Operation Quick Anger.

  16. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument on the east bank of the IJssel at...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument on the east bank of the IJssel at Westervoort. Arnhem is situated on the opposite bank of the river. Since 2011, a memorial ceremony is held at the monument annually to commemorate the contrbution of the soldiers during Operation Quick Anger.

  17. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Authentic WWII military vehicles on the spot where the Western Allied forces crossed the IJssel in 1945...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Authentic WWII military vehicles on the spot where the Western Allied forces crossed the IJssel in 1945 to liberate the city of Arnhem. in the background the bridge across the river IJssel at Westervoort. Operation Quick Anger is also known as the Second Battle of Arnhem or as the Liberation of Arnhem.

  18. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument on the east bank of IJssel at Westervoort. A barge on...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument on the east bank of IJssel at Westervoort. A barge on the IJssel can be seen in the background. The monument is situated at the spot where the Western Allied forces crossed the IJssel, nearby the bridge at Westervoort. The monument is situated on the Liberation Route Europe.

  19. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Our own 1942 Ford GPW Jeep at the Memorial Crossing to Liberation, the monument is...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: Our own 1942 Ford GPW Jeep at the Memorial Crossing to Liberation, the monument is situated on the east bank of the IJssel at Westervoort. Even in the Netherlands, it is relatively unknown that the small village of Westervoort played an important role during the last days of WWII and the liberation of the Netherlands.

  20. Commemoration Operation Quick Anger 2019 - Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The memorial tour of Operation Quick Anger ended at the Memorial Crossing to Liberation...

    Operation Quick Anger Commemoration 2019: The memorial tour of Operation Quick Anger ended at the Memorial Crossing to Liberation Monument. After the ceremony at the monument, the convoy of WWII military vehicles drove back through the floodplain towards the village of Westervoort. In the background the monument.