Liberation of Blankenberge

75 years ago - liberation of Blankenberge

On September 9, it will be exactly 75 years ago that Blankenberge was liberated by the Canadian Manitoba Dragoons under the leadership of Lieutenant Eric James. This put an end to four years of German occupation. The local authorities of Blankenberge commemorate this remarkable anniversary with a commemoration ceremony on the occasion of Liberation Day, with an exhibition and a series of lectures.

Commemorative ceremony and floral tribute

Saturday 07/09 - 10.30 a.m.

Academic session at CC Casino followed by a floral ceremony at the monument of the Manitoba Dragoons. 

Exhibition 75 years liberation of Blankenberge

This World War II exhibition recalls the occupation of Blankenberge, the liberation of the city by the Canadian Manitoba Dragoons and the post-war commemoration of this horrific war.

The exhibition tells the story of the occupation and liberation of our city by means of exhibits that largely consist of photographs and documents from the collection of the City Archives-the Benne, militaria of private collectors, authentic but never previously shown film footage and video testimonials of inhabitants.

  • Dates: 12/10 to 8/12
  • Opening hours: from Wednesday to Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Location: De Meridiaan, Casinoplein 9 (opposite the Tourist Information Point)
  • Free admission

Lectures

There will be lectures on 24/10, 20/11 and 4/12, at 8 p.m. in the Public Library, register at least 2 days before each lecture by sending an email to archief@blankenberge.be.

Are you fascinated by the history of WWII and you just can't get enough of this subject? Then come to the free lecture series in the library. Three speakers will give lectures on a variety of topics related to WWII. The lectures take place in the Aula of the library (Onderwijsstraat 17) and start at 8 p.m. It is mandatory to register in advance.

24.10

Kristof Jacobs gives an overview of the liberation of our coastal region by means of testimonials, photographs and military reports, with special attention to the composition, the armament and the history of the Canadian liberation forces.

20.11

Kristof Van Mierop tells the story of his grandfather Roger Vyvey, who ended up in the Neuengamme concentration camp as a political prisoner with the camp number 44444, as a result of his acts of resistance.

04.12

Werner Brouwers explains about the Atlantic Wall, the chain of coastal batteries, fortifications and defence bunkers that Hitler had deployed along the coast from Norway to the French-Spanish border against an Allied landing invasion.