Part of the work for Allied forces after Normandy was to secure the Scheldt estuary, a vast wetland and mouth for the Scheldt River at the North Sea. Canadian soldiers spearheaded the campaign, which became as much a battle against the environment as it did the Germans.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Much of this land was under sea level and protected by dikes. The Germans blew up the dikes.
The painting high overhead is by Canadian war artist Orville Fisher, titled Scheldt Crossing.
One of the weapons in the Allied arsenal was a fearsome one: the Wasp Flamethrower.
Another vehicle that started out at this time, proving absolutely essential, was the Jeep. The basic look of the vehicle, which has long since been part of the commercial market, hasn't changed that much.
As difficult a campaign as it was, the Scheldt campaign was successful, and taught the Canadians some lessons along the way. As was the case across the front- western and eastern- time was running out for Nazi Germany.
One of my favourite artifacts in the Museum: a German Walther pistol, and it's because of the story behind it.
As is so often the case in this Museum, the stories of individuals are highlighted, retaining a human touch on things.
Medical kits of the time are found here.