The Liberation Of Maastricht And Early Days Of Dutch Freedom
This photograph captures incredibly sombre expressions, but it would have been a joyous moment for many. Here you can see a U.S. Army soldier ordering surrendered German soldiers to a POW collection area. This photograph was captured right after the liberation of Maastricht, the first Dutch city to be liberated by Allied forces. The liberation took place over two days in September 1944 and would mark a crucial moment in the efforts to free the German-occupied Netherlands.
So many lives were lost during the attempts to liberate the area that the nearby village of Margraten became home to the Netherlands American Cemetery, where 8,301 U.S. soldiers who were killed in combat are buried.
Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands.