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The Canadian Captain George Blackburn runs on April 14, 1945 from the Parkbrug towards the station in Groningen. From a Goederloods Van Gend & Loos he sees how German officers prepare staff cars to flee the city. Blackburn immediately calls in artillery support.

George G. Blackburn of the Royal Canadian Artillery of Canada later writes of his actions on Saturday, April 14, 1945: “From the Park Bridge we went to the station, we ran without any cover, we climbed over platforms and rails and were fired upon from the signal box. . After the entire Main Station has been searched for Germans on Sunday 15 April, we start looking for a good lookout. In the Van Gend & Loos goods shed, a Dutchman helps open one of the sliding doors. An opening is created large enough to look over the canal.

They see two German staff cars on the other side at the Ubbo Emmiussingel. They are immediately ready to drive away in front of the big house. Suitcases are also towed towards the cars. He gives his signaler the coordinates of the place. There is now also a “senior officer” who hurries up and down to both cars; 'Looks like they want to leave as soon as possible' After making contact with a portable radio, they hear the first Canadian grenades coming over them on the left towards the cars. The cars are both hit and are on fire”

The residents of the Ubbo Emmiussingel flee towards the Remonstrant church and the cellar of the sexton's house. There is a lot of fighting going on here. On April 15, 1945 around 08:30 the Ubbo Emmiussingel was liberated. In the Ubbo Emmiussingel the traces of the battle can still be seen on the buildings, as can be seen at the upper windows of the villa at Ubbo Emmiussingel 108.

Ubbo Emmiussingel 9711 BC Groningen