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Blaauw, August Frederik Hendrik

Date of birth:
April 3rd, 1903 (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
Date of death:
September 8th, 1978 (Breda, The Netherlands)
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit:
Gelderland, Netherlands Military Administration (NMA), Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), Allied Forces
Awarded on:
January 10th, 1946
Awarded for:
Operation Market Garden
"In the initial stages after the advance towards ARNHEM Lt-Colonel BLAAUW was NMA Commissioner for NIJMEGEN.
His active administration during the period when the town was under heavy enemy fire greatly assisted the Armies in dealing with civil problems. Subsequently Lt-Colonel BLAAUW became the Provincial Military Commissioner for the Province of GELDERLAND.
In this capacity he had civil responsibility for most of the area of active operations around NIJMEGEN and has had more dealings with Allied troops than any other Netherlands Commissioner.
His zeal and ability have contributed largely to the smooth handling of the civil population in the difficult area."

Permission granted on March 20, 1946 by Royal Decree no.?
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Provinciale Militaire Commissaris Gelderland

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

With swords
Awarded on:
November 1966
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der BRD
Awarded on:
February 1968
Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (NL.3)
Awarded on:
August 1974
Commandeur du l' Ordre du Mérite Agricole

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