The NetherlandsOverijssel

IJsselbridge Old National Archive

In May 1940 Overijssel was occupied by the German army along with the rest of the country. The inhabitants of Overijssel would have to suffer through five years of occupation before being liberated in early 1945. 

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Liberation Route:The NetherlandsOverijssel

While in 1944 the southern parts of the Netherlands were largely liberated, the population of Overijssel underwent several more months of occupation before they too were liberated in 1945. During these months Overijssel was bombed, acted as a stage for resistance networks and was used by the Nazis as a launch site for V1 and V2 rockets against Antwerp and London.

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