Jurrien Koop, a Groningen resident, has colourised the footage from April 1945
A resident of Groningen, Jurrien Koop, has succeeded in colourising historical black and white film of the liberation of Groningen in April 1945. The images that recently became available are trending in Groningen, reports the GIC.
Koop spends a great deal of his time working to modernize historical images, and in this film the Steentilstraat, the Grote Markt and the Radesingel can all be seen during the battle. The massive damage to various buildings and the liberation party that started following the end of the battle can also be viewed.
The liberation of Groningen, also known as the Battle of Groningen, took place at the end of the Second World War, from April 13 to April 16, 1945. The battle took place between Nazi Wehrmacht soldiers and Dutch and Belgian SS officers on the one side, and the entire 2nd Canadian Infantry Division on the other.