Walcheren

In September 1944, the Allies captured Antwerp, but were unable to use the port because of the German occupation of Walcheren Island in Dutch territory.

The attack on the island took place across a narrow sea causeway, overlooked by snipers. It was under these conditions that The Cameronians, as part of the 52nd (Lowland Division), helped capture Walcheren.

Despite their strong opposition, the Germans were slowly pushed back, and, within a week, had surrendered.

The death of the Deputy Brigade commander saw Lieutenant-Colonel Buchanan-Dunlop of the 6th Battalion take command of all troops ashore.

The fighting had caused large areas of the island to flood, bringing a serious threat of disease. The Cameronians helped to evacuate civilians and the British and German troops who were still on the island.

Generations later, descendants of the freed Dutch people still commemorate the actions of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

A carved stone outside Low Parks Museum is a lasting memory of what the Cameronians achieved in 1944.

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A hand written account of a soldiers experience

A hand-written account of a soldiers experience during the liberation of South Beveland and Walcheren.

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Walcheren plaque

The presentation of the Memorial plaque (now mounted on the stone outside LPM) presented on behalf of the freed Dutch people, during the liberation of Walcheren and South Beveland.

The Dutch will not forget.