Dutch term – Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten

Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten or Domestic Armed Forces was a resistance organization in World War II.

During World War II, there were many resistance local organizations working all over the country. When the liberation of the Netherlands started in September 1944, these organizations merged to form the Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten. Head of the organization was Prince Bernhard, the husband of crown princess Juliana.

Prince Bernhard greeting a staff member of the Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten. Credits: Willem van de Poll, collection Nationaal Archief (CC-0)

My grandfather Jan Marijnissen joined the Binnenlandse Strijdkrachten in October 1944, after the liberation of Breda. He became part of the staff of Prince Bernhard and went with the troops as they liberated the rest of the country. By the end of the war, they were stationed in the palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

Grandpa used to tell a story that they were eating from the royal china when the Queen walked in, angry that these soldiers were eating off her fine plates. According to the story, Prince Bernhard told her that “these soldiers just saved your country, madam” and they continued eating.

After the war, my grandfather transferred to the military police and had his family join him in Apeldoorn. And that’s how my Brabant family ended up in Gelderland.

Jan Marijnissen in the Military Police, late 1940s

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Lola Swearingen Weber says

    I hope that he told many more stories about the liberation. Amazing.

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