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        The War in Belgium and the Netherlands | Ken Burns: The War

        View images taken in Belgium and the Netherlands during World War II. Belgium and the Netherlands were invaded by Nazi Germany in the late spring of 1940, in the early years of World War II. Both countries experienced heavy losses and destruction to their cities, and much of the population was forced to work in German factories to support the war effort. Much of the Jewish population of both countries was deported to German concentration camps. Allied forces would eventually liberate Belgium by October 1944, and the Netherlands in May of 1945.

        Belgian Crossroad | Ken Burns: The War

        Two dead American soldiers at a crossroads in Belgium. December, 1944. Credit: The National Archives.

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        The Nijmegen Bridge | Ken Burns: The War

        The remains of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, and the Nijmegen Bridge, September, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-194568).

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        Artillery Hit | Ken Burns: The War

        A US soldier advances past a burning house in L'Ombre, north of the highway between Houffalize and St. Vith in the Ardennes, Belgium. February 9, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (208-AA-8H-5 (EA 50438)

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        Dutch Uncle | Ken Burns: The War

        Private Murray Poznac, a signal corps cameraman assigned to the airborne invasion of Holland, with two Dutch children, September 18, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-271536-1).

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        Advancing | Ken Burns: The War

        American infantrymen advance along a snow-covered road during the Ardennes campaign, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-327687).

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        Heating Rations | Ken Burns: The War

        In Bastogne, Belgium, a soldier uses a portable stove to prepare a meal. January 7, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-240055).

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        Reloading | Ken Burns: The War

        Beside two dead Germans, Pfc. Frank Vukasin loads his rifle during battle near Houffalize, Belgium. January 15, 1945. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-198859).

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        Rejoining the Unit | Ken Burns: The War

        Near Bastogne, Belgium, members of the 101st Airborne Division set out to find and rejoin their unit. December 31, 1944. Credit: The National Archives (111-SC-198461).

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        Fighting from a Rooftop | Ken Burns: The War

        American infantrymen reload their rifles from a perch atop a dilapidated roof in Beffe, Belgium. January 7, 1945. Credit: The National Archives.

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