Amsterdam Then & Now by Koos Winkelman

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Argunners Magazine is able to present you stunning Then & Now photographs from Amsterdam, Netherlands. The photos were taken by Koos Winkelman from Netherlands himself, who enjoys to travel and photographing places that once were part of (a bloody) history.

Koos Winkelman was raised in Arnhem so the Second World War II became a part of his youth, especially during September when various commemorations take places. When he grow older, Koos went into the woods near his home and discovered there were still many foxholes visible after all these years. During various of these trips he stumbled upon old artifacts such as ammunition cases and food cans from the World War II period.

Triggered in history, he began collection books and increasing his interests to various other battlefields such as the Grebbeberg and the Peelraamlinie. When Koos managed to earn his driver’s license his first trip was to Verdun, France and his second to Normandy, France.

From then on he became infected with a virus called “Battlefield tourism“. Koos, now at the age of 45, visited numerous battlefields around the world ranging from the United States of America (Civil War) to South-Africa (Boer War).

Liberation of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Celebration on May 8, 1945.

Liberation of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Celebration on May 8, 1945.

Liberation of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Celebration on May 8, 1945.

Liberation of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Celebration on May 8, 1945.

Arrival of the German Wehrmacht at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal past the Post Office.

Arrival of the German Wehrmacht at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal past the Post Office.

Arrival of the German Wehrmacht in the streets of Dam - Rokin, Amsterdam.

Arrival of the German Wehrmacht in the streets of Dam – Rokin, Amsterdam.

Corner of Langestraat, Blauwburgwal. On May 11, 1940 44 people were killed after a German bombardment.

Corner of Langestraat, Blauwburgwal. On May 11, 1940, 44 people were killed after a German bombardment.




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