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 Battle of the Scheldt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of the Scheldt was a series of military operations which took place in northern Belgium and south-western Netherlands during the Second World War.
In the meantime, German forces in the Scheldt were able to reorganize and prepare to defend the estuary, though the two divisions in the area were low-quality Army units, eventually reinforced by paratroops of Battle Group Chill.
Map of the Battle of the Scheldt, October to November, 1944.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_the_Scheldt   (3236 words)

  
 Britain.tv Wikipedia - Battle of Normandy
The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between Nazi Germany in Western Europe and the invading Allied forces as part of the larger conflict of World War II.
The battle of Normandy was described by Adolf Hitler: “In the East, the vastness of space will… permit a loss of territory… without suffering a mortal blow to Germany’s chance for survival.
British armor engaged in the Battle of Villers-Bocage.
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 Battle Honours
Battle Honours are granted by a special committee appointed to research all the actions and claims submitted by individual units, name the individual battles, and consider which aspects of which battles were worthy of recognition.
It was during this battle that the St. Julien battle was fought, and the counter-attack at Kitcheners' Wood was mounted, for which the Oak Leaf shoulder badge distinction was eventually granted.
The Tenth Battalion fought in the Arras battles of 1917 and 1918.
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 Battle of the Scheldt - www.canadiansoldiers.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Battle of the Scheldt was fought in Oct 1944 between Allied forces from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Poland, and the German forces occupying territory in northern Belgium and the southwestern portion of The Netherlands during the North-West Europe campaign of the Second World War.
The final phase of the Battle of the Scheldt was the clearing of Walcheren Island.
The month-long battle had been a severe test for the Canadian Army, and coupled with casualties in the Battle of Normandy and the battles for the Channel Ports, exacerbated a demand for infantry reinforcements which would lead to a full blown crisis in Canada regarding conscription.
www.canadiansoldiers.com /mediawiki-1.5.5/index.php?title=Battle_of_the_Scheldt   (1941 words)

  
 The War Amps: Canada's Military Heritage - Second World War: Against All Odds: The Canadian Infantry Battle for the ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The tragedy of the Battle of the Scheldt covers many facets: stupid blunders on the part of the Generals, the failure of the Allies to trust the Belgian and the Dutch Resistance, the petty arguing of the Allied Generals, the fierce resolve which Hitler built into his troops.
At the edge of the Scheldt is Breskens, which was the focal point of the south side of the Estuary.
The Battle for the Walcheren Causeway, this thin strip of ground which joins South Beveland to Walcheren Island, is known as the Sloe.
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 Canada at War - Page » WWII: The Battle of the Scheldt
Could their orders have been fully and speedily carried out it is believed that a good part of the Battle of the Scheldt would have been won.
The attack was to be made from three directions: across the causeway from the east; across the Scheldt from the south; and from the sea.
To hamper German defence the island's dykes were breached by heavy RAF bombing to inundate the central area and thus permit the use of amphibians.
www.wwii.ca /index.php?page=Page&action=showpage&id=47   (2458 words)

  
 Battle for the Scheldt - Military Photos
By the end of November, the Scheldt was clear and on the 28th, the first allied convoys disembarked at Antwerp.
The most important subject in the Battle of The Scheldt from October 8th untill the 26th of November 1944 was the harbour of Antwerp which was liberated om the 4th of September 1944.
The plan was to attack from three directions: accross the causeway from the east; across the Scheldt from the south and from the sea (west).
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 The Battle of the Scheldt
Following the initial Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and the breakout from the bridgehead which saw the Canadians engaged in bitter fighting at Caen and Falaise, the First Canadian Army was assigned the task of clearing the coastal areas and opening the channel ports for vital supplies.
Antwerp was fifty miles from the sea connected to it by means of a broad estuary the West Scheldt.
Thus, with the approaches to Antwerp free and the country up to the Maas River cleared, the Battle of the Scheldt was over.
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 The Battle of the Scheldt - Veterans Affairs Canada
On October 24, the third phase of the battle to free the Scheldt began with the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division moving against South Beveland.
The island was attacked from three directions: across the causeway from the east, across the Scheldt from the south, and from the sea.
The Battle of the Scheldt exacted a heavy toll on the First Canadian Army.
www.vac-acc.gc.ca /remembers/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/netherlands/scheldt   (988 words)

  
 Military History: Second World War: The Low Countries: The Scheldt
Antwerp was some 50-miles inland, and the German army was allowed to keep the land on both banks of the Scheldt Estuary leading to the docks of Antwerp.
At the very moment the British army was allowing the retreating Germans to organize themselves in the lower Scheldt Estuary, the supply conundrum precipitated a major argument over the strategic direction of the campaign.
The battle for the Scheldt Estuary would prove to be a stiff challenge.
www.lermuseum.org /ler/mh/wwii/belgium.html   (776 words)

  
 Juno Beach Centre - The Battle of the Scheldt
Further north, Antwerp had been liberated by the Allies on September 3rd, but the city was located on the Scheldt River, some 80 kilometres from the open sea and the river's mouth was still under German control.
The Scheldt flows to sea by a very wide mouth divided in two by a long peninsula made of three separate islands, South Beveland, North Beveland and Walcheren.
Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds commanded the attack of the First Canadian Army against the Scheldt, in replacement of General Harry Crerar who was recovering from a bout of dysentery.
www.junobeach.org /e/2/can-eve-rod-sch-e.htm   (2186 words)

  
 Timemachine - Second World War Timeline
The colours indicate the geographic region where an event or battle occurred; while the shape of symbol shows what kind of combat was involved.
May 7-8 - The first battle between aircraft carriers in history is fought at the Battle of the Coral Sea in the South Pacific, between American and Japanese forces.
Sept 17-25 - Battle for Arnhem results in the worst defeat of the war for the British with the loss of an entire parachute division.
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 Most Important Canadian Battle of WW2 - Armchair General Forums
Battles and Campaigns Whether it's an individual combat account or a massive clash of arms; the strategy, tactics and operations of WW II are open for discussion here.
It was the one battle where we looked like we actually knew what we were doing and were on our own to run the show as we saw fit (for the most part).
Without the Scheldt Estuary being clear for shipping, not much in the way of supplies would be forthcoming for the rapidly enlarging Allied armies.
www.armchairgeneral.com /forums/showthread.php?t=35636   (1153 words)

  
 The Battle of the Scheldt - Veterans Affairs Canada
The task of liberating the Scheldt was entrusted to the First Canadian Army, under the command of Lieutenant-General Guy Simonds (in place of General Crerar, who had returned to England because of severe illness).
By October 24, the entrance to South Beveland was breached and secured and the 2nd Canadian Division began the advance into South Beveland, assisted by an amphibious landing by the 52nd British Division.
Thus, with the approaches to Antwerp free and the country up to the Maas River cleared, the Battle of the Scheldt was over and the crucial supply line, essential to fuel the Allied advance to liberate Europe, was secured.
www.vac-acc.gc.ca /general/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/scheldt/battle   (754 words)

  
 Britain.tv Wikipedia - WWII
It was the largest armed conflict the world has ever seen, and remains one of the most significant events in human history.
Military forces from over seventy nations fought air, land and sea battles spanning much of the globe, resulting in the deaths of over sixty million people.
During the war, 6 million Jews, as well as Roma and other groups, were murdered by Germany in a state-sponsored genocide known as the Holocaust.
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 BBC - WW2 People's War - Battle for Scheldt Estuary - A1143442
Meanwhile, the Scheldt estuary would be cleared - and Antwerp opened for Allied shipping - by the Canadian 1st Army, whose commander Lieutenant General Henry Crerar had temporarily transferred command to Lieutenant General Guy Simonds owing to illness.
The battle to clear the Scheldt was long and arduous.
The south bank of the Scheldt was cleared in the first week of November.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A1143442   (530 words)

  
 2005 Six-Coin Set - 60th anniversary of the End of the Second World War 50-cents - Colonial Acres Coins
The Battle of Britain Honour the Canadians that fought alongside British pilots, seamen and ground corps during the nine-month siege of the coveted island nation.
Battle of the Scheldt Witness the revival of Europe’s key inland port as Canadians conquered German defences on the Netherland’s impassable lowlands.
The Battle of the Atlantic Remember Canada’s daring merchant fleets that crossed the Atlantic to bring much-needed men and supplies to Europe - despite the ominous threat of German U-boats.
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 TIME.com: Empty Victory -- Jul 25, 1938 -- Page 1
On May 11, 1745, at the base of a hill, between a dense woods and the River Scheldt in Flanders, the battle of Fontenoy was fought.
A Day of Battle begins with a picture of the Irish troops preparing for battle, quarreling, boasting of the wonders of the old country, sneering at the French, saying Mass as the artillery of the English opens across the plains.
Most impressive part of A Day of Battle is its account of the strategy of the two generals, one of the most lucid of recent fictional accounts of military maneuvers, apparently modeled on the greater panoramas of Tolstoy's War and Peace.
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 goDutch.com :: Month-long Battle of the 'Capelse Veer' very costly
The battle for the German's Meuse bridgehead, near Venlo, is a case in point.
Another example is the costly Battle of the Scheldt estuary.
The battle, which according to Crocker was to have lasted five hours, went - without an end in sight - into a second day before air attacks by Spitfires forced a stalemate.
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 Juno Beach Centre - The Battle of the Atlantic
As they did during the Battle of Britain, the British improve dramatically their anti-submarine warfare equipment and strategy, and multiply both air and sea patrols.
As it becomes increasingly difficult for German submarines to venture into North Ireland waters - a favorite route for convoys reaching the British Isles - Admiral Dšnitz decides to shift the theatre of operations westwards, towards the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, an area that the Allies cannot protect as easily.
Already facing difficult living conditions, North Atlantic storms and the exacting demands of escort operations, these brave men cannot but feel helpless when ships under their protection are blown up before their eyes or when they see the lights on the lifejackets of shipwrecked sailors fade away into the night…
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 Welcome Again Veterans
The purpose of this operation was to open the port of Antwerp so that men, equipment and supplies could be poured into Europe to feed the Allied armies.
The approach to Antwerp on the lower reaches of the river Scheldt were strong fortified by the enemy and - as it quickly became evident - desperately defended.
Les voies d'accès au portd'Anvers, en aval du fleuve Scheldt, étaient solidement fortifiées par l'ennemi, et il devint vite évident que ces voies étaient protégées avec acharnement.
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 WW2DB: Battle of the Scheldt Estuary
The capture of Antwerp on 4 Sep 1944 did not yet bring relief to the supply situation, as the approaches to Antwerp, the Scheldt Estuary, were still under German control.
Under Simonds' command was the Canadian 1st Army, consisted of the British 1st Corps and Canadian 2nd Corps (with a Polish armored division and two British divisions).
The marshes south of the Scheldt Estuary was defended by German troops in an area the Allies named the Breskens pocket.
www.ww2db.com /battle_spec.php?battle_id=116   (1058 words)

  
 COMBINEDOPS WALCHEREN
Operation Infatuate, the codename for the invasion of the Dutch Island of Walcheren, was a major Combined Operation's amphibious landing against heavily fortified and entrenched German positions.
The subtitle is: The battle for the Lower Maas, September-November 1944.
Battle for Antwerp; the liberation of the city and the opening of the Scheldt by J L Moulton.
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 Emp Path Memorial
During the Battle of the Scheldt in 1944
Sunk by a ratchet mine in the Scheldt Estuary (51.22 North, 2.52 East) on Sunday, December 24, 1944.
Survivors rescued by the escort, a minesweeper, and an RAF air-sea rescue launch and taken to Ostende.
www.gordonmumford.com /scheldt.htm   (139 words)

  
 Corporal William Oliver Pearson, BC(NL)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Successful support of an armoured regiment in battle depends upon, among other things, a skilled welder with a natural flair for improvisation and a knowledge of expedients.
In battle near Wouwsche Plantage, the Regiment’s command tank required immediate welding to stay in the fight.
When the Regiment moved forward, the command tank moved with it, continuing to direct the Regiment in the push toward Bergen Op Zoom in the Battle of the Scheldt.
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