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Corporal Overstreet was the photographer and radioman for the Headquarters Radio Unit of the 252nd Field Artillery Battalion. This unit went through Maastricht the Netherlands on their way to into Germany. This is a photo he took during his time there of a statue that stood in front of a church.

On this day in 1944, Maastricht became the first Dutch city to be liberated by the Allied forces. The historic town had been conquered by the Germans almost four and half years earlier in May of 1940. The photos seen here were taken by Charles Overstreet during his time serving with the 252nd Field Artillery Battalion.

Corporal Overstreet was the photographer and radioman for the Headquarters Radio Unit of the 252nd Field Artillery Battalion. This unit went through Maastricht the Netherlands on their way to into Germany. This is a photo he took while there of bombing damage.

Maastricht was no stranger to warfare. It was besieged during the Franco-Dutch War in the 1670’s. A historically important industrial center, Maastricht gained international reknown in 1992 when the Maastricht Treaty was signed, an event that directly led to the formation of the European Union and the invention of the Euro currency.

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