Auction 102

Lot 180:

GERMANS ORDER DUTCH TO CLEAR ROADS AFTER BOMBING

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Very late WWII German broadside ordering the Dutch citizens to keep the roadways and bridges free of any type of obstruction such as nails, rocks, glass, etc. for the sake of enabling the troops to move freely. Those who fail to comply would be fined up to 10,000 guilders and threatening reprisal action such as blowing up or burning to the ground of any obstructing building or structure. One can only imagine that harsher reprisal actions took place if anyone was found disobeying these orders. Signed in print by the Representative of the Reich Commissioner Arthur Seyß-Inquart for the Province South Holland Ernst August Schwebel (1886-1955), April 5, 1945, the Hague. Written both in German and Dutch, ca 17 x 22 inches, some paper loss of the top, folding creases. The order was most likely in connection with the mistaken bombing by the RAF on 3. March 1945, which destroyed over 3000 buildings in the city near the staging area of the Wehrmacht. Blaskowitz surrender only one month later on 5. May 1945.

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