April 1945: The liberation of Otterlo

On 15 April 1945 at 06.30 pm, the 5th Canadian Tank Division moved out from now-liberated Arnhem to begin Operation Dutch Cleanser. The aim was to advance rapidly via Otterlo, Barneveld and Putten and through to the IJsselmeer at Harderwijk. This would encircle the German troops in the Veluwe area, because another Canadian division had crossed the River IJssel at Deventer and was advancing towards Apeldoorn.

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