Canada's Liberation of the Netherlands Part 2: Open The Flood Gates!

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The Canadians were now in the final stretch of their mission! The remaining objectives consisted of completely securing South Beveland and knocking out the remaining German defences on Walcheren Island.

The commander of the Canadian troops at the time was Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds, who was more than qualified to lead the troops as he had a number of previous successful missions under his belt. With the success of the 2nd & 3rd infantry division and 4th armoured division's fierce fighting, the Leopold Canal and shores of the Scheldt's was now secured. Guy Simonds would now re-concentrate the remaining divisions for a two-part assault to finally free South Beveland.





The Leopold Canal today and as it was during 1944. The Germans held positions all along the canal and would engage the Canadians with armoured vehicles and flame throwers.
The Germans would fire their "Panzerwerfer Nebelwerfer Wurfrahmen" (rocket launchers) at the Canadians, who would describe the noise as 1000 doors slamming shut continuously.

The first part of Guy Simonds's plan consisted of the 2nd Canadian infantry division to push through South Beveland by foot to capture strategic points such as bridges, roads and train tracks. They were successful but took heavy causalities and were hindered greatly by constant land mines and muddy terrain...



The second part of Guy Simond's plan consisted of a combination of the 52nd lowland division and the 6th infantry division. They would conduct a surprise nighttime amphibious assault from the west and land on the shores behind enemy lines.


LVT (Landing Vehicle Tracked) a.k.a "Buffaloes" used by the Canadians and British Army during the liberation of the Netherlands.

With a successful assault from the water, the Canadian's were able to capture all canals and roads that were previously under German control. With no direct supply routes feeding the enemies, the German defences soon fell and South Beveland was finally under Allied control!


There was one final objective left for the Canadians to capture. In order to have full control of the seaports in Antwerp, the Canadians would have to take over Walcheren Island.....


 

The Battle of Walcheren Island

 


1. The Sloedam: A dam/causeway, connecting the Dutch islands Beveland and Walcheren.




On October 31st, "C" Company of Canada's Black Watch regiment