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Valkenburg - may 1940

The citizens of Valkenburg were forced to clear their own town of the ruins and debris caused by Dutch artillery-fire during the five day siege of the town in May 1940. The Church in the backgroud had been the shelter of many dozens of Dutch POW's, who had been captured after the Germans had seized the nearby airfield in the early hours of the invasion. When the Germans were forced off the airfield by a Dutch counter-attack, they had taken along the POW's which were locked into the church. Later, Dutch artillery hammered the city centre and also hit the church roof.

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