Valkenswaard is liberated on September 17. The village has suffered a great deal under allied bombardments and air raids. Many houses are on fire and there are many deaths to be regretted. But the people of Valkenswaard greet their liberators with great enthusiasm. It is already evening and the British decide to spend the night in Valkenswaard. In light of the further course of Operation Market Garden, this may prove to be a fatal delay.
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