The Netherlands

Dutch troops firing a 25-pounder gun.

Dutch troops firing a 25-pounder gun.

Dutch personnel served in the air forces, on board ships and in the Princess Irene Brigade in 1944.

Records of Dutch soldiers born before 1900 are held by the Central Bureau for Genealogy. Records of Dutch soldiers who were born after 1900 are held by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. The National Institute of Military History holds registers of Netherlands Army officers who served during the Second World War

Records of Netherlands Navy personnel born before 1908 are held by the Netherlands Institute of Military History. Records of sailors born after 1908 are held by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

The Netherlands Institute of Military History has limited records of Dutch airmen from the Second World War. The Netherlands Ministry of Defence also hold some records.

The Netherlands Institute of Military History also holds other records related to the Second World War, including records of the Dutch Resistance movement, records of Dutch Merchant Seamen, records of air crashes and records of Dutch ships during the Second World War.

The Dutch National Archives and the Dutch National Military Museum hold some records related to the Second World War. archieven.nl holds records for local archives in the Netherlands.

If you are researching a serviceman who was held as a prisoner the International Red Cross hold records of all twentieth century Prisoners of War.

Dutch war graves from the Second World War are cared for by the Dutch War Graves Foundation. Personnel who were killed can be searched on their website.

 

Research at the D-Day Story

We do hold some material in our archives that may be useful. For example, we may have a published or unpublished history of a unit, the memoirs of another veteran who served in the same unit, or photographs of a relevant unit or place.

We also hold material such as maps that may be useful in understanding a soldier’s service in Normandy, for example. We also have a large library of books relating to D-Day. This material can be consulted by the public, by prior appointment.