Exhibition Operation North Sea 1944 - '45
Herberg De Vrede
Herberg De Vrede and history revisited
Two months ago, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium in the Second World War was commemorated. But a tiny part of our country remained under German control. It wasn’t until 1 November 1944 that it was recaptured by the Canadian army. From Zeeland Flanders, the Canadian advanced through the polders. That advance featured in the context of the taking of the Westerschelde, to gain access to the Port of Antwerp.
One of the final battles on Belgian territory took place in a quarter of Knokke with an uncannily appropriate name: De Vrede (Peace). The quarter got its name from Herberg De Vrede (Tavern). In the 19th century, the tavern had been called after the Treaty of Fontainebleau (1785), the treaty that regulated access to the Port of Antwerp via the Westerschelde between the Austrian Emperor and the Netherlands at the time.