Battle of the Scheldt

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Schelde

In this battlefield tour about the Battle of the Scheldt you get a good picture of the almost forgotten battle that the Allies had to fight in 1944 to fight free access to the port of Antwerp. Due to the unwanted result of the Market Garden operation in September 1944, there is nothing for the Allies but the liberation of the Scheldt estuary. Antwerp has become necessary as a logistics port of supply to provide for the immense Allied armies. The battle for the Scheldt will always remain in the shadow of Market Garden and the German Ardennes, but is of vital importance for allied forces. Fighting on the left flank of the Allied armies in 1944 will mainly be carried out by Canadian troops supported by British and Polish units. Visit the places that were central during the Battle of the Scheldt under the guidance of an expert battlefield guide and book a private custom made tour. Please e-mail or phone us for more information.

Sherman tank

Highlights:

  • Liberation Museum Zeeland in Nieuwdorp
  • Bailybridge across the Leopoldchannel
  • German bunkers
  • Eede, Brencarrier monument
  • Canada War museum Adegem, Belgium
  • Ijzendijke accident
  • Sloedam
  • Sloe monument, Polar Bear monument and Domburg monument
  • Isabellasluis, where the Algonquin Regiment fought for three long weeks.
  • UNCLE beach, RED, WHITE and GREEN beach
  • Klein Valkenisse, dragon tooth roadblocks
  • Resistance cross in the dunes.

TOUR ITINERARY EXAMPLE

Day 1

Bailybrug

The first day of the battlefield tour about the Battle of the Scheldt is entirely devoted to freeing the southern side (Zeeland Flanders) of the Western scheldt, a complete Canadian operation. The area declared by Hitler as "Festung Schelde Süd" is defended by the German 64th Infantry Division. The Canadian 3rd Infantry Division will be instructed to take this "Breskens pocket". We start the day with a visit to a number of bunkers and a Baily bridge over the Leopold Canal. Stopping in Eede on the Belgian-Dutch border where on 13 March 1945 Queen Wilhelmina placed her first foot on Dutch territory after her stay in England during the 2nd World War. Visiting the Canada War Museum in Adegem (Belgium) On the way back we visit three places at the towns of Biervliet, IJzendijke and Philippine where the Canadian infantry has forced access to the Breskens Pocket in a combination of amphibious and regular operations. ("Festung Schelde Süd")

Day 2

Tankblokkade

This day is all about the last, most difficult and technical operations during the Battle of the Scheldt, the liberation of the island of Walcheren. Also known as operation Infatuate I (Vlissingen) and Infatuate II (Westkapelle). These specialist amphibious operations will be carried out almost entirely by British special (command) troops. We visit all the landing beaches of the various operations during the day. Operations similar to the landings in Normandy in June of the same year. Most British units that participated in the landings in Walcheren also participated in the landings in Normandy. The number of victims among those units will often turn out to be higher in Walcheren. Amphibious landings on the Atlantic Wall are at the cutting edge and extremely deadly. In addition to British commands, French, Norwegian, Belgian and Dutch commands will also participate in this international liberation operation. Do you want to book as custom made private tour about the Battle of the Scheldt? Contact us then by phone or e-mail and we will help further.