The Liberation of Holland
“Holland is in a humanitarian crisis. Food supplies have run out, and the Germans are no longer able to even provide basic rations to the Dutch population.”(Mark Zuehlke). This was the gravity of the situation. The Netherlands were in dire straits, and needed help. We were that help. Realizing what needed to be done, the high command acted. The Canadians were the driving force for the liberation of the dutch people, through food drops, peace talks, and fighting smart.
To begin, food drops were perhaps the most important part of the liberation. The Canadian forces realized that a vast amount of dutch people were starving, and that they had to do something. They realized that they might be able to institute a ceasefire with the commander, and get permission to ship in food for the starving people. Thus, they treated in secret. This was largely because berlin would veto it, but both the German commander, and the Canadian commander kept it secret. After a ceasefire had been called, Allied (mostly Canadian) planes dropped packages of food to those behind lines. The Dutch people were elated. Many of them were on the brink, and this brought them back. Roofs were dedicated to painting “Thank-you Canada”, to the allied planes. This is a major part of Canada's contribution, because many commanders would have opted to finish the battle quickly, instead of instituting a ceasefire, that allowed food drops. Some may go so far as to say that it wouldn’t be worth the supplies. But they saw the masses, as individuals. Furthermore, we were compassionate enough to use our manpower to save the masses, and feed the land.
As you can see, peace talks were extremely vital in the effort to liberate the Netherlands. The first one pertained to life, and destruction tactics that the Germans were ready to use. Most of the Netherlands is below sea-level, and is protected by its water walls. The Germans had planned to blow out...