From September 1944 to April 1945, the Canadian Provost Corps played a critical role in supporting the First Canadian Army as it battled to liberate northern Belgium and the Netherlands from German occupying forces. These operations culminated on 5 May 1945 when Canadian forces accepted the surrender of all remaining German troops in the Netherlands and north-western Germany. Two days later all German forces across Europe surrendered to the Allies. 8 May 1945 was officially designated as Victory in Europe (V-E) Day to celebrate this momentous achievement.
Lance-Corporal J.G. Kallenberger of the Canadian Provost Corps searches a group of surrendered German soldiers for loot before they return home, Den Helder, Netherlands, 27 May 1945. (Photo: Lieut. Ken Bell/DND/LAC/PA-135996)