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- Starts: 06/06/2020 10:00 am
- Ends: 06/06/2020 5:00 pm
The Havendagen (Harbor-days) in Tholen is a 2 days event celebrated every two years. In the province of Zeeland it is common for the typical fisherman villages to celebrate their ‘fishing culture’ through events and activities.
In 2020, the Havendagen will be themed around the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation and the end of the Second World War in the region. Special activities will be set up for the occasion, such as an army camp site with around 70 military vehicles. Visitors can even take a ride through the area on board of the vehicles. Some educational activities for children and youngsters will also be part of the agenda.
More information about the program on https://www.tholensterk.nl/
The Liberation Museum Zeeland takes us back to a special part of Zeelands history. During the Second World War Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen of various nationalities united in the fight against the German occupation forces. This struggle resulted in a lot of dead and wounded on both sides. The local population in Zeeland also suffered heavy casualties.
A group of granite and brick stone memorials, commemorating the French soldiers who were killed in May 1940 during the battle of Zeeland and the Scottish and Canadian soldiers who were killed during Operation Mallard in November 1944.
On the 31st of August in 2019 the province of Zeeland, the city of Terneuzen and National 4 and 5 May Committee organise a big event to start the nationwide celebration of 75 years of freedom. It will be about commemorating the Battle of the Scheldt, which took place in Zeeland in November 1944.
In May 1940 the Netherlands was occupied by German forces. It would take five years before they could be ousted. The final drive to liberate the whole country was launched in February 1945 after the so-called ‘Hunger Winter’ had led to 20.000 fatalities in the still occupied territory.
During the Second World War the Sloedam was the only connection between the former island of Walcheren and the South-Beveland peninsula. At that time the causeway of 1,200 meters long and only 45 meters wide was of utmost strategic importance. The Germans defended the Sloedam fiercly.
Woensdrecht was an important town for the Allies since it was the only land entrance to South-Beveland and Walcheren. If the Canadians could capture the town the German forces to the west would be cut off from the rest of their army. Woensdrecht was the first key objective for safeguarding the Scheldt estuary.