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longslowdistance

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02/17/2020 10:20 AM
For OC in particular and anyone else who might be interested.
Article about the Dutch Embassy honoring veterans of an American all black WWII tank battalion that helped liberate the Netherlands 75 years ago.

https://www.richmond.com/eedition/richmond/page-a/page_5354f505-cadf-5d6a-b1d6-2237e7848d62.html

Orange Crush

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02/17/2020 05:21 PM
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longslowdistance

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02/17/2020 11:16 PM
Sorry, you are right. It's a washington post article, but again by subscription. They make it hard to cut and paste, alas. Bottom line is that gracious and grateful Holland remembers the black soldiers who performed more than admirably.
Orange Crush

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02/18/2020 02:26 PM
I managed to get around the subscription firewall in incognito mode.

Interesting, while most liberation emphasis is on area around rivers, these guys came in on south in September 1944, close to where I grew up. I've biked past that cemetery in Margraten many times. Amstel Gold race also passes by there.

From the article, in May 1945 they were north of where I grew up, in Venlo. Which means they possibly took part in the big tank battle in area of my home town (Sint Joost) around Jan 1945 (my mom who was 4 at the time was hiding out in basement of their farm) although the wiki lists mostly Brit and Canadian troops.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Blackcock#H%C3%BCbner's_defeat_at_Sint_Joost

As kids we spent a lot of time playing "war" in the shell craters and trenches in forest around our town. I also dug up some unspent munition in our back yard at some point.
smokey52

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02/18/2020 08:35 PM
Lots of these news sites allow a few free reads. They keep count by cookies. If you wipe out your cookies, you can reset the count.
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