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Thin cross hatched blue/black lines are canals The pink areas are below sea level
The 42nd Afdeling Field Artillery, where I was based was located along the South side of the Assen - Meppel Canal, heading West from Assen, then turning SW through Smilde and on to Meppel (not shown). Cafe van Houten was also located along the Canal's South side, just a few hundred meters West of the Army base. We lived North of the Canal, but there was a convenient foot bridge across right in front of the Cafe, which I used with great regularity.