Published On: Tue, Sep 17th, 2019

Shameful! Vandals spray swastika graffiti on British WW2 memorial in the Netherlands | World | News

Disturbing images have also shown random letters sprayed across hundreds of headstones of war heroes at the Mierlo cemetery, near Eindhoven. The cemetery is the resting place of 664 Commonwealth soldiers. The war memorial was opened in the spring of 1945.

Dutch Police has confirmed an investigation is underway.

In a statement the force said: “At the ‘Mierlo War Cemetery’ Mierlo various graves and monuments were daubed last night.

“We take the matter very seriously and have started an extensive investigation.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said it was “appalled” by the incident.

The CWGC said in a statement: “It is distressing to see the damage on the headstones themselves, behind every one of those war graves is a human story of someone who gave their life while in service.”

The CWGC honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in World War 1 and World War 2.

The group helps to maintain cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries around the world.

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It will be part of the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation.

Operation Market Garden, one of the most controversial Allied initiatives of the war, claimed the lives of more than 1,500 British soldiers and saw nearly 6,500 men captured.

Commemoration events will take place in Arnhem and the surrounding area on September 21.

Charles will first attend a commemorative service and wreath-laying at Ginkel Heath near Ede, with Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.


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