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The ‘Canadian War Cemetery Holten’ on the Holterberg is one of the most impressive reminders of the Second World War. In the spring of 1945, after five years of oppression, Canadian troops were principally responsible for the liberation of northern and eastern Netherlands. During the liberation operations, many Canadian liberators paid the ultimate price. In an historic setting, 1,394 military have found their final resting place at the Canadian Military Cemetery.
During your visit to the adjacent Information Centre, you can gain an insight into the history of the cemetery, the liberation of northern and eastern Netherlands and learn more about the lives of the fallen. Based on personal stories, anecdotes and photos, often obtained from relatives, the memory of those who died is kept alive. Unique films and documentaries with much authentic footage show you the history and specifics of the war cemetery and you will discover poignant stories of fallen liberators and liberation operations.
The centre is free for everyone and is a source of information in providing more depth to a visit to the cemetery.
Corporal Leo Major landed in Europe on D-day and took part in every major operation of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during 1944-1945. He was wounded twice, liberated Zwolle almost single-handedly. He was demoted a few times, but also reinstated and finally decorated for bravery.
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.