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During World War II my father Jan A. Weststrate started taking notes during BBC radio broadcasts from the time the Germans prohibited possesion of wireless sets in the Netherlands in May 1943 until the time the part of the Netherlands he and his family lived in (the village of Krabbendijke in the province of Zeeland) was liberated in October 1944 by the Allied forces. The notes start on May 16th 1943 and end rather abruptly on October 23rd 1944. From the 23rd until the 26th of October Krabbendijke was the scene of heavy fighting, resulting in the liberation on October the 26th.(1) From October the 27th 1944 until the 23rd of January 1945 no electricity was available in Krabbendijke.(2)


Five notebooks, in all some 1000 pages lay forgotten more than 50 years, until a few years ago my mother moved to a new home. My father died in 1966.


In September 2003 I have started scanning and transcribing these pages. This task will probably take a few months. Not all of the pages are clearly readable. If you can correct or help transcribing these pages, please send an email to ad.weststrate@gmail.com. Please clearly state the page you are commenting on.


Ad Weststrate, Veere, september 2003.


(1) Wel bevrijd ... toch angst. Oorlogshandelingen maart '44 - mei '45 Krabbendijke en omstreken. Gert H. Kuijt, 1994, ISBN 90-70697-14-9 Drukkerij en boekhandel van Velzen B.V. - Krabbendijke Pages 45-46 (2) Idem Page 64


Restarted the project in 2020 and I hope to finish it this time.
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Now all radio-sets in this country have been confiscated by the Germans and I will have to give up now during the next few days I make a few notes on what I still have heard over the radio these last few days 16/5/1943 Sunday 1.15 p.m. Country magazine dealing with Aberdeenshire 4.15 p.m. Brain's trust Question-master Donald McCullough, taking part a.o. ...., Julian Huxley, miss Harriman (daughter mr. Harriman. Lease-Lend administration) 7.30 p.m. Sandys at the theater again. 8.45 Recording of the Home Guard Parade in Hyde Park where the king took the salute 9.30 a.m. Pealing of church Bells to celebrate the Tunesian victory today was Empire Youth's Day 9.00 p.m. News about confiscation of radiosets in this country If it means closing down radiostations at Hilversum then the Dutch may claim to have driven Dr. Goebels out
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5/16/1943
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of the Dutch air 16.30 p.m. Transatlantic call people to people dealing with River Thames 1.= 6.= 9.= pm. news v Arnim ....... commanding German forces in Tunesia now a prisoner of war have been flown to England and arrived there today. 9.- pm Despatch about life in freed city of Tunis. In Tunis appears an English Paper called Tunesian Telegraph. Electric Power station destroyed by Jerries. Watersupply intact. Radiostation destroyed now. Recording car intact kept secret 8.= p.m. Service St. Paul's Cathedral Edinbro Cathedral. Talk by Doctor about fatigue " for anglers 12.45 p.m. Talk by 28 year old woman- correspondent about fascism and about women in China and Germany 9.30 pm. Forces Bebé Daniels, Ben Lion R.A.F. deliver perfume to Germany. " sprinkled Cologne. v. Arnim arrived without underwear. v. Arnim lost his pants
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5/16/1943
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10.15 Forces Newsletter 10.30 " music while you work, calling all workers, David ..... and his band Bebe Daniels: The stars at night are big and bright Deep in the heart of Texas The prairie sky is wide and high deep ---- The sage in bloom is like perfume deep ---- also When the lights go on again All over the world When the boys come home again All ------ and rain and snow is all that will fall from the skie above When the lights go on again All over the world And the ships will sail again All over ------ Then we will have time for things like weddingrings and free hearts will sing
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5/16/1943
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12.00 Home Service newsreader Jack ...... . American Thunderbolts made sweeps over occupied countries 2 aircraft destroyed mitchells bombed Cannes. British typhoons bombed railway targets at Le Treport. Moscow reports Friday more raids on Brijansk and combined airattacks on ...... and Orel also railway target there. Fighting in Koeban continues In the Donets Sovjets advanced according to ........ ............ a codeword for a certain operation was "Retribution" Subsequently order from admiral Cunningham was burn, sink, destroy. Queen inspected boys of Red Cross
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5/16/1943
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17/5 13 uur reading Joseph McLeod aircraft of bomber command attacked targets in the Ruhr and Rhineland also Berlin. 9 aircraft bombercommand and 1 fighter missing. Fighter aircraft carried out intruder flights. During raids over England 4 Focke Wulf bomb carrying planes destroyed. Total force of German aircraft employed about 20. Germans raided S. East England, Essex and Greater London area. Little damage done, small loss of lives. Monday morning 5 aircraft destroyed during fighter patrols our fighters covered an attack on Cannes. The total Italian air- strenght is small and inferior Italy neglected building planes of bombertypes. The bombers they have have a small bomb-carrying capacity. Italy concentrated on swift ........ fighters which are out of date. They have no night fighters moreover the Italians are not well off with airfields. Most important
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5/17/1943
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aerodromes are in extreme North West especially built for attacks on France. Russians report fighting in Koeban no important change other front last week Russians destroyed 370 german aircraft for loss of 104 Russian planes In S. West Pacific Kendari on Celebes raided and also Lae on New Guinea. no news about action in mediterranian. 19.35 Forces. Irish Songs ..... . .... 21." news Frederick Allen reading Mine carrying Lancasters wrecked in early hours of monday morning the 3 greatest waterdamms in Germany Serious damage caused. Breaches were early on monday 100 yards wide. The river is in full flood 8 Lancasters are missing but Wing Commander Gibson who led the attack returned safely. Several bridges washed away Kassel is below the damms. according to Sir Archibald Sinclair who first gave the news of this attack this is a heavy blow.
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our fighters attacked E.boats off Belgian coasts. whirlwinds attacked too. Mosquitoes and Beaufighters also Monday afternoon. Beaufighters hit 2 supplyships off dutch coasts 3 Escorts ablaze. American heavy bombers made a raid on Bordeaux. 14 planes missing Wellingtons bombed air- field Lido di Roma. Intruders from Malta were over Western and Southern Italy. Enemy shipping off Greece attacked. 5 enemy planes destroyed 4 planes lost. Island of Zembra lying of cape Bon occupied by british naval forces. Marshall Messe who commanded Italians in Tunis arrived by air in England. Total of axis Generals amounts to 26 generals. Further reconnaisance of Ruhr Valley confirmed extensive damage. Two blockade runners scutled themselves i.e. "Silverplana" 4793 tons inward bound from Far East with valuable cargo of rubber and tin sighted 200 miles of cape Finistere. Sank stern first by HMS. Adventure. Entire ship's crew rescued. Second blockade runner
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5/17/1943
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Silvaplana
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for Silverplana read Silvaplana

Silvaplana
Especially see wording
text from "Evening Star"
May 18-1943 and compare
this to the written account
of the radio broadcast.
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motorvessel "Regensburg" 8068 tons intercepted between Greenland and Iceland by British Cruiser HMS "Glasgow" only 6 survivors rescued. No news about fighting on Attoe Isles operation going on. No news landfighting in Burma. Pres. Roosevelt sent message to Tsjang kai Tsjek thanking him for his congratulations with the allied success in Tunis. 21.30 Home "The wet Duck". Till 22.50 24.= Fred Allen American submarines sank 6 Jap ships. tanker damaged. American coalmining dispute arrived at another deadlock. Damms are of the Eder and Möhne. (Names some planes: Thunderbolts, Whirlwinds, mosquitoes Mustangs, typhoons, Lancasters, Bostons, Halifaxes, Flying Fortesses, Wellingtons, Hurricanes, Spitfires, Beaufighters, Hudsons, Hampdens Swordfish, Venturers, Merodas, Stirlings, kittyhawks, warhawks, Swordfish, Seafires, Lightnings)
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5/17/1943
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for Attoe Island read Attu Island
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18/5 13.= Stewart Hibbard Last night 3 enemy aircraft destroyed a New Zealand fighter pilot destroyed a Junkers 88 Bombs were dropped in S. Wales. Caused casualties of which some fatal. American bombers bombed Larriaut with good resilts. Torpedo-carrying Hampdens and Beaufighters of Coastal Command attacked ships near Dutch coast, 2 sunk australian hospital- ships torpedoed 8.15 Brain's trust (home) -9.= Caroline Le Joan, mrs. Hamilton, W.L. Andrews (editor Yorkshire post) Jeffrey Crawther, commander ...... 9.= news Frank Philips more evidence raids on German damms. Spitfires escorted Bostons who bombed Abbeville airfield 1 Focke Wulf 190 destroyed. Typhoons attacked Poi airfield in N. France. 5 aircraft are missing. Thunderbolts were over Belgium and destroyed an ME 109. great devastation caused by bombed damms. extreme flooding from Kassel to center of the Ruhr.
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5/18/1943
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for Stewart Hibbard read Stuart Hibberd

for Poi read Poix (probably)
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