Liberation Route Europe Marks 70th Anniversary

Liberation Route Europe Marks 70th Anniversary

Liberation Route Europe was created to follow the journey of the Allied forces as they advanced in occupied Europe, during their attempt to stop the Nazi domination, an operation that celebrates its 70th anniversary next year.

Former enemy nations had shown interest in joining and helping to develop and market related activities.

Among the collaborates to the project are the south coast of England, Normandy, Paris, Ardennes, North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin.

As preparations for D-Day and Operation Market Garden have already started, the terrible memories of the war will be marked by tours, exhibitions, ceremonies and other special events.

The Liberation Route starts with southern England, continues along the Normandy beaches, Brabant, Nijmegen, Arnhem and the Veluwe region and goes towards Berlin.

According to presentations made by The World Travel Market organizers in London, in November, campaigns will feature heavily in 2014, among numerous countries, the All About Shipping reports.

The Liberation Route Europe Foundation is set up to expose the importance of liberation, freedom and to give a deeper understanding of the history and public opinion through the nations involved in the project.

Since its development in September 2009, the project attracted around 30,000 visitors every year. As soon as its extension across northwest Europe will begin, these numbers will most likely go up, as individual sites as the Normandy beach have for years received large numbers of visitors from all over the World.

One of the key dates will be June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy, although it took the Allied troops another 2 months to break through the German resistance and continue to advance.

There will also be a special celebration in September 2014, marking 70 years since the Allied forces launched Operation Market Garden, in an attempt to end the war before Christmas that same year.

Along the Liberation Route over 80 different locations are being marked by a large stone and visitors are encouraged to stop for a tour, maybe download audio stories about people and soldiers who used to live in the area or fought nearby. They can also check information about memorials, museums and cemeteries located in that area. These details can also be found through the website

The project has been considerably supported by the Dutch vFonds (National Fund for Peace, Freedom and Veteran Care), leaders and politicians, including president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE