May 1940

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(51.7 km)
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  • On May 12, 1940, German troops entered the province of Friesland from Groningen and Frederiksoord-Noordwolde. The Wonsstelling, consisting of simple field fortifications of wood and earth, was quickly overrun and in the evening the whole province of Friesland was captured by the Germans.

    The next day, the Germans launched fierce attacks on the Casemates at Kornwerderzand, which were to protect the Frisian "ramp" of the Afsluitdijk, which consisted of a defense system of roadblocks and modern casemates. The Dutch soldiers in the position repulsed a German attack in which many were wounded.

    Because of this, a frightened conscript soldier call…

    On May 12, 1940, German troops entered the province of Friesland from Groningen and Frederiksoord-Noordwolde. The Wonsstelling, consisting of simple field fortifications of wood and earth, was quickly overrun and in the evening the whole province of Friesland was captured by the Germans.

    The next day, the Germans launched fierce attacks on the Casemates at Kornwerderzand, which were to protect the Frisian "ramp" of the Afsluitdijk, which consisted of a defense system of roadblocks and modern casemates. The Dutch soldiers in the position repulsed a German attack in which many were wounded.

    Because of this, a frightened conscript soldier called the Afsluitdijk the “Totendamm”, but Kornwerderzand held out and held on. On May 14, 1945, Rotterdam was heavily bombed and the enemy threatened that several large cities in the west and center of the country would suffer the same fate. The Dutch armed forces – at least that part that could not escape elsewhere – laid down their arms and the German occupation of the Netherlands was a fact.

    During this cycle route you will pass both the Wonsstelling and the casemates at Kornwerderzand, taking you back to the May days of 1940.

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    Sights on this route

    1

    Kazemattenmuseum

    Kazemattenmuseum Kornwerderzand
    Afsluitdijk 1 C
    8752 TP Kornwerderzand
    Kazemattenmuseum
    45 74 52 70
    2

    Verzetsmonument Makkum

    Vallaat 8
    8754 EW Makkum
    Verzetsmonument Makkum
    49 87
    3

    Monument Lockheed Hudson

    Dorpsstraat 51 27
    8759 LC Exmorra
    Monument Lockheed Hudson
    24
    4

    Wonsstelling

    Wons
    Wonsstelling
    5

    Monument Canadian regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

    Wildinghelaan 1
    8747 NL Wons
    Monument Canadian regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
    55 95
    6

    Heavy shelling on Pingjum

    Grote Buren 27
    Pingjum
    Heavy shelling on Pingjum
    53 85
    7

    Monument 'Dead Seafarers'

    Waddenpromenade
    Harlingen
    Monument 'Dead Seafarers'
    8

    Remains of the Atlantic Wall in Harlingen

    Tuinpad
    Harlingen
    Remains of the Atlantic Wall in Harlingen
    9

    British War Cemetery Harlingen

    Begraafplaatslaan 1
    Harlingen
    British War Cemetery Harlingen
    10

    War Plaque Zurich

    Schoolstraat 1 3
    8751 TG Zurich
    War Plaque Zurich
    59 31
    11

    Kazemattenmuseum

    Kazemattenmuseum Kornwerderzand
    Afsluitdijk 1 C
    8752 TP Kornwerderzand
    Kazemattenmuseum
    45
    74
    52
    70
    49
    87
    24
    55
    95
    53
    85
    59
    31

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