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May 1940

51.7 km

On May 12, 1940, German troops entered the province of Friesland from Groningen and Frederiksoord-Noordwolde. The Wonsstelling, consisting of simple field fortifications of wood and earth, was quickly overrun and in the evening the whole province of Friesland was captured by the Germans.

The next day, the Germans launched fierce attacks on the Casemates at Kornwerderzand, which were to protect the Frisian "ramp" of the Afsluitdijk, which consisted of a defense system of roadblocks and modern casemates. The Dutch soldiers in the position repulsed a German attack in which many were wounded.

Because of this, a frightened conscript soldier call…

On May 12, 1940, German troops entered the province of Friesland from Groningen and Frederiksoord-Noordwolde. The Wonsstelling, consisting of simple field fortifications of wood and earth, was quickly overrun and in the evening the whole province of Friesland was captured by the Germans.

The next day, the Germans launched fierce attacks on the Casemates at Kornwerderzand, which were to protect the Frisian "ramp" of the Afsluitdijk, which consisted of a defense system of roadblocks and modern casemates. The Dutch soldiers in the position repulsed a German attack in which many were wounded.

Because of this, a frightened conscript soldier called the Afsluitdijk the “Totendamm”, but Kornwerderzand held out and held on. On May 14, 1945, Rotterdam was heavily bombed and the enemy threatened that several large cities in the west and center of the country would suffer the same fate. The Dutch armed forces – at least that part that could not escape elsewhere – laid down their arms and the German occupation of the Netherlands was a fact.

During this cycle route you will pass both the Wonsstelling and the casemates at Kornwerderzand, taking you back to the May days of 1940.

Have fun!

Sights on this route

1

Kazemattenmuseum

Kazemattenmuseum
Kazemattenmuseum Kornwerderzand
Afsluitdijk 1 C
8752 TP Kornwerderzand
45 74 52 70
2

Verzetsmonument Makkum

Verzetsmonument Makkum
Vallaat 8
8754 EW Makkum
49 87
3

Monument Lockheed Hudson

Monument Lockheed Hudson
Dorpsstraat 51 27
8759 LC Exmorra
24
4

Wonsstelling

Wonsstelling
Wons
5

Monument Canadian regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada

Monument Canadian regiment Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Wildinghelaan 1
8747 NL Wons
55 95
6

Heavy shelling on Pingjum

Heavy shelling on Pingjum
Grote Buren 27
Pingjum
53 85
7

Monument 'Dead Seafarers'

Monument 'Dead Seafarers'
Waddenpromenade
Harlingen
8

Remains of the Atlantic Wall in Harlingen

Remains of the Atlantic Wall in Harlingen
Tuinpad
Harlingen
9

British War Cemetery Harlingen

British War Cemetery Harlingen
Begraafplaatslaan 1
Harlingen
10

War Plaque Zurich

War Plaque Zurich
Schoolstraat 1 3
8751 TG Zurich
59 31
11

Kazemattenmuseum

Kazemattenmuseum
Kazemattenmuseum Kornwerderzand
Afsluitdijk 1 C
8752 TP Kornwerderzand
45
74
52
70
49
87
24
55
95
53
85
59
31

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