May 5, 1945 — Liberation Day

Today is Liberation Day, which marks the end of Nazi control of the Netherlands. It is also a good day to catch up with my grandfather’s journals. My thanks to Mike for reminding me that this is important and helping to pull me from the bog. Life gets busy and in that business it is easy to forget what is important. I’ll post the entries from January through to the beginning of May soon. My parents are helping me to transcribe those entries so it should be soon. And my thanks to them for that. With that, as they say in the Calgary Tanks, Onward!

And for those of you in Alberta, don’t forget to vote! Our freedom and democracy is based upon days such as May 5, 1945.

On this day, Doc Alexander is in Holland with his unit, the 6th Canadian Field Dressing Station

May 5, 1945:

“It is almost impossible to believe that war is at last over — the general surrender has not yet taken place but the radios are eagerly listened to and everybody is dazed and stunned.

“At 9 a.m. we receive orders to move forward to Bad Zwischenahn and at 11 a.m. Gordie, Tiny, Ruth and I start out in our Jeep as an Advance Party. Soon Dave McKenzie with No. 8 FSU join us and at 6 p.m. we are functioning again.

“Two cases blown up by a mine, both die.”


About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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