Sixty Years Ago: a Ballet Rehearsal in Amsterdam

Het_pas_opgerichte_Nieuwe_Amsterdams_Ballet_oefent_onde_leiding_van_Mascha_ter_W,_Bestanddeelnr_910-6980The newly established New Amsterdam Ballet in rehearsal under the direction of Mas

The newly established New Amsterdam Ballet in rehearsal under the direction of Mascha ter Weeme. 24th September 1959.

Two years later the company would merge with Nederlands Ballet to form today’s Dutch National Ballet, directed by Sonia Gaskell until 1969.

Christmas Carols at Wartime

1944 Members of a British Royal Air Force ground crew sing Christmas carols for an officer and guard while stationed at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands during the Second World War

1944: Members of a British Royal Air Force ground crew sing Christmas carols for an officer and guard while stationed at Volkel Air Base in the Netherlands during the Second World War. The Wing’s Padre, Squadron Leader K J Morgan conducts.

On this day: the Christmas season during the war

The_British_Army_in_North-west_Europe_1944-45_B12586'St Nicholas' arrives on a Sherman ARV as part of St Nicholas Day celebrations in Rucphen, near Roosendaal in Holland, 6 December 1944

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6th December 1944: Only weeks after the region’s liberation from Nazi occupation, the British Army takes part in a Saint Nicholas Day event in Rucphen, near Roosendaal in the Netherlands.

On this day: war in the Netherlands

A soldier of 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers, 15th (Scottish) Division, searches wrecked buildings in Blerick, a suburb of Venlo in Holland, 5 December 1944. second World war Two Black

From the collection of the Imperial War Museum

5th December 1944: A soldier of 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 15th (Scottish) Division, searches destroyed buildings in the suburb of Blerick in the Dutch city of Venlo.

The city was the location of the Venlo Incident, which Hitler used as his excuse to invade the Netherlands in 1940, and the war saw the destruction of many of the city’s historic structures.