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- Starts: 02/06/2021 10:00 am
- Ends: 05/06/2021 5:00 pm
The Havendagen (Harbor-days) in Tholen is an 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, Havendagen could not take place and was moved to 2021. The event 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.
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.
In August 1944 the Allies broke out of Normandy. The speed of the allied advance was so great that they outran their supply lines. In early September the advance came to a halt. The Allies desperately needed a large port to supply their troops and the obvious choice was Antwerp.
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.