Dutch veterans to attend D-Day commemoration

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Eight former members of the Princess Irene Brigade will attend the commemoration of D-Day – the World War II invasion of Nazi-occupied France by Allied forces – on Monday 6 June in Normandy.

The Dutch embassy in Paris has invited the eight veterans to attend the commemoration of the 67th anniversary of D-Day in Arromanches. The Dutch and Belgian forces were held back from the iniatial landings, and the Princess Irene Brigade landed on Juno Beach near Arromanches on 7 August.

The invasion of France was crucial to the eventual liberation of Europe, which was completed in the following year.

The Dutch Princess Irene Brigade, which consisted mostly of Dutch soldiers who had fled to England after the German army occupied the Netherlands in early May 1940, fought in Normandy in the summer of 1944. Of the original 1,200 members of the brigade, more than 90 are still alive today.

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