unconditional surrender of all German forces in
northwest Germany by Admiral Friedenburg there were
still about 150,000 men stationed - mainly members of
the 25th Army - in the western part of the Netherlands
in the "Fortress Holland" between the Meuse, Ijsselmeer
and the North Sea.
they were interned in Eastern Friesland.
They were not
considered prisoners of war, but as "Disarmed Enemy
Only the 34th SS
Division consisting of predominantly Dutch nationals was
concentrated in a camp in Arnheim.
In addition, three
units of about 7,000 pioneers and marines were held back
for mine clearance.
Allied POW camps:
Bergen op Zoom,
Bierick, Geertruidenberg, Groede, Haamstede,
van Holland, Hoog, Midelburg,
Oranjezon, Oss, Ouddorp, Roermond,
Utrecht, Vlissingen and Ymuiden