background here, you can see the K.L.M. building, on the other
side of the canal, all quite near the miniature town "Madurodam".
The young boy (who later became drum major "Ome Loe" Geens of the "Haagse
Hooglanders") has also held out till the end and looks in awe at
Leading Pipe Major Ed Esson picking his nose. . .
last but not least, a translation from the text of how a Dutch
reporter did broadcast the event:
gentlemen, with the reporting crew we are witnessing one of the
biggest events of the war, that is to say, from after the
capitulation: a big "victory-parade" by the First Canadian Army
in The Hague on the Laan van Meerdervoort. It really is an
exceptionally big event we are going to attend. Here at this
moment we are standing in The Hague at the end of the Laan van
Meerdervoort on the De Savornin Lohmanplein, where the parade
will be reviewed by His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard.
reporting truck we are using at the moment belongs to the
Rotterdam Underground, who built this reporting truck during
wartime and really made a splendid job of that. I will now name
the different high-ranking officers of the first Canadian army
who will attend the parade. In the first place they are the
Commander in Chief of the first Canadian army, General Crerar,
and next the flag officer for Holland, Sir Gerald Dickens.
Furthermore a number of high ranking officers of the first
told you that the parade will be inspected by His Royal
Highness, who will, with the other officers, take place on a
stand on the other side from where we are with our truck.
Savornin Lohman-plein, where we are standing at this moment, is
a big square at the end of the Laan van Meerdervoort, around
which at this moment the British military police is keeping huge
crowds at a distance. Here right of us, that is about at the end
of the Laan van Meerdervoort, at the De Savornin Lohman-plein it
is really crammed with people and even on the roofs of the
houses in the neighbourhood, despite the really least favourable
weather, a great number of people have taken place to be able
and watch this main event here from close by.
there the car of Prince Bernhard is coming. Yes, you can hear,
ladies and gentlemen, how the people here are cheering. Prince
Bernhard is at this moment driving closely past our truck. It is
a blue car with the well known white star. The cars of the
British and Canadian officers are driving behind it.
At the moment they are
driving around the square.
in a while they will drive back to come up in front from the
other side and then get out in front of the stand. Ladies and
gentlemen, at this moment the head of the parade is within
sight. It is bagpipes, I donít know if you can hear it ...
reporter Karel Nort via Radio Herrijzend Nederland, 11 mei 1945)
N.B.: Click on the
maple leaf below here, if you want to see a short clip of
the First Canadian Army Parade at The Hague, 1945.