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Liberation of Nijmegen

The Regional Archives of Nijmegen earlier acquired a collection of 684 pictures of Allied soldiers who were involved in the liberation of Nijmegen in World War II or who were stationed at Nijmegen afterwards.

The collection was donated in 2000 by ‘Foto Verweij', a photography shop in Nijmegen. The photos were taken following Operation Market Garden, at the end of 1944 and in the beginning of 1945, when Nijmegen was a frontline city. A few years ago the Regional Archives of Nijmegen instigated the project 'Liberators on Film' and published these photos online on the municipal website. Back then we received a lot of information on the military units to which some men were affiliated, such as the Royal Artillery, the Coldstream Guards and the Dorsetshire Regiment.

From May 2012 onwards, all photos are available on the more user-friendly Flickr-page of the Regionaal Archief Nijmegen. Using tags, the collection of photos can now for example be sorted and browsed by regiment. But the identity of many of the photographed soldiers is still unknown.

Photo's of Royal Engineers personnel can be seen by following this link to Royal Engineers

Everyone is free to add comments and additional information on our Flickr-page. In this manner, we hope to collect more information on the soldiers that were photographed during the liberation of Nijmegen.

Our goal is to receive imput from target audiences like World War II veterans, family members of veterans and military experts.

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