posted on Jul, 30 2011 @ 09:31 AM
This thread is has two purposes… the first it to recommend a small innocuous item that would identify fellow ATS members to each other... as well as
Impart a small relatively unknown bit of very Interesting history…
At the outbreak of Second World War in 1939, the Netherlands declared itself neutral once again as it had done during World War I. Even so, on May
10, 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands.
One of the purposes of the German invasion of the Netherlands was to draw away attention from operations in the Ardennes and to lure British and
French forces deeper into Belgium as well as to pre-empt a possible British invasion in North Holland. Also, the Luftwaffe had insisted on seizing the
Dutch soil for they were in need of airfields near the North Sea coast.
The German forces faced little resistance at first, but their advance was eventually slowed by the Dutch army. At the Afsluitdijk, the Grebbeberg,
Rotterdam and Dordrecht the Dutch army offered strong resistance. A German airborne landing at The Hague, intended to capture the Dutch royal family
and the government, turned into a disaster for the Germans, and about 1,500 of the paratroopers and airlanding troops that had not been killed were
captured and shipped to Britain. Additionally about 280 Ju-52 transports were destroyed on the airfields of Ypenburg, Valkenburg and Ockenburg or shot
down, with the consequence that the German airborne forces were not available for the planned invasion of Britain. In all, the invasion of Holland
cost the Germans some 520 airplanes, the highest losses of the war in such a short period. Queen Wilhelmina, her family and the government evacuated
to Britain, but during the Battle of Britain her daughter Princess Juliana and her children proceeded to Ottawa, Canada.
The bloody invasion of the Netherlands resulted in 2,300 dead, and 7,000 wounded Dutch soldiers.also dead were over 3000 civilians. The German army
lost 2,200 men, suffered around 7,000 wounded... 700 troops reported missing... 1,300 were captured and shipped to Britain.
Dutch resistance collapsed under the weight of the German war machine but her people never gave up their loyalty to Queen Wilhelmina....
That is where the "Safety Pin" comes in...
Open rebellion was a sure way to find yourself hauled up on a gallows or simply shot outright. But the Dutch people found a much more subtle way to
express their solitary.... with the common ordinary "Safety Pin"...
Worn so it lay hidden under a collar or the hem of a skirt, then only brought out, quickly flashed as a means to identify each other. Quickly the
"Safety Pin" was adopted by the Dutch underground as their unofficial insignia. But it wasn't just limited to the fighting resistance... Children,
grandmothers, nursing mothers, everyone who struggled for their freedom wore the "Safety Pin" not just as an act of defiance but a symbol of hope and
So there you have the story of the common Safety Pin... A story that has faded into obscurity.... relatively few of us know this story... now you do
as well... Still there are lessons from history that should not be forgotten and this is one of those....
So with that mouthful said... I humbly recommend to all here... We here at ATS adopt the "Safety Pin" as our symbol of unity and promise to watch each
edit on 30-7-2011 by DaddyBare because: fixing my horrible spelling
edit on 30-7-2011 by DaddyBare because:
(no reason given)