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First Canadian Army helped lead the final Allied offensive against Germany.

The major Allied ground offensive from the west against German territory began on 8 February 1945. Fighting through the Rhineland, piercing the formidable Siegfried Line, and penetrating the Reichswald and Hochwald forests, the Canadians helped deal a deathblow to German resistance in this sector. It was difficult going. The Canadians advanced over heavily-flooded or densely-forested ground against fierce enemy resistance.

In April, Canadian troops liberated most of the Netherlands. By the time German forces on the British and Canadian front surrendered on 5 May the Canadians had advanced to Oldenburg, in northern Germany, while Canadian paratroopers had penetrated even farther east. The Germans formally surrendered on 8 May 1945, known as Victory-in-Europe, or ‘V-E’ Day.

See also :
Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War : VE Day, 8 May 1945


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