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Gravendam 1814

On November 12th 1813, the first Cossack units crossed into the Netherlands, announcing the start of the Dutch "War of Liberation".

A provisional governement was formed, with the Prince of Orange at it's head. The bulk of French troops in the country were withdrawn to Belgium, leaving behind garrisons to face the forthcoming Allied advance. Towards the end of 1813, the French army abandonned Antwerpt but failed to take Breda, which was defended by units of the newly formed Dutch army.

More and more villages and towns were liberated and the Dutch people has to cater for new "guests": thousands of Russian, Prussian and British soldiers that had come to clear out the French invaders.

In these uncertain times, it was possible to meet people of all nationalities in the Netherlands: Rich travellers, German day workers (such as the "Hannekemaaiers" from Westphalia), traders, gypsies, thieves, prostitutes, etc...In fact, many people from different backgrounds would cross in towns and villages such as Gravendam.

The little Dutch village of Gravendam awakes...

...the smith is already at work...

...and it's French garrison is waking up.

Today, it is a special day...

...the French must cede the village to the Allies...

...a last supper before the march...

...and the French soldiers are set to leave.

The French leave Gravendam...

...and are quickly replaced by the soldier of the Prince of Orange.



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