By Ian Gardner & Mario DiCarlo
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Everyone was covered in coal dust by the time we reached Tiel, where we spent the night on the barges because the Dutch army had blocked the river with a pontoon bridge. The next morning the armada was allowed to continue west to Papendrecht (14 miles southeast of Rotterdam) where we anchored for the night. The area had only just been bombed and we were now surrounded by a ring of burning buildings. ” In 1940, Clazien Hermse was eight years old and lived with her family on a large farm on Groenestraat in Hien, she recalls: The local church verger, Wim van Schaik, was a member of the Luchtbeschermingdienst [LB or civil air defense volunteers] and told us that we were to report, along with my younger brother Marinus, to the dockyards at Dodewaard.
Due to the lack of motorized and horse-drawn transport we had to put on special harnesses and physically pull our guns like pack mules. There were only a handful of concrete bunkers along this stretch of the line, as the bulk of the defenses were constructed from wood. We dug deep gun pits into the wall of the dijk and settled in to await the German attack. Our billet was at a nearby farm and selfishly the farmer made it quite clear to us that his apple orchard was out of bounds. One night we thought to hell with it and decided to raid the orchard.
Sinterklass (Santa Clause) delivers presents, but according to folklore, his helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) would slide down the chimney to take away badly behaved children. com DELIVER US FROM DARKNESS stepped outside and began shaking the dust from an old cleaning cloth. Trine took one look at my face and scuttled away to find my parents who had been frantic with worry. The following afternoon we were horrified to learn that the library had been badly damaged in the raid. My parents were just getting over the shock when an unexploded bomb went off in the ruins causing the entire building to collapse.
Deliver Us From Darkness by Ian Gardner & Mario DiCarlo