The Scots also participated in the operation. German resistance disintegrated.
On October 28th, the Canadians crossed the Canal through Zuid-Beveland and joined up at 's-Gravenpolder with the troops who had landed in the Zak.
On Sunday morning, October 29th, 1944, they marched on Goes. It was deathly quiet in town. Everyone remained indoors. Church services had been cancelled. To the population's joy, the Canadians rolled and marched into Goes around noon via the Poel from the south and via Patijnweg from the east. The allies stopped in front of the town hall at the Grote Markt (the town square) which soon filled up with cheering crowds. The liberators were given a most hearty welcome.
The Canadians continued on towards the Sloedam. The liberation of Goes was just one incident on the long and difficult road to Walcheren. On the Sloedam they engaged in heavy fighting with the Germans. The French Canadians called this dam Le Pont Maudit (The Cursed Bridge). They were not able to conquer the dam until other allied troops had waded through the Sloe and attacked the German troops camped at Arnemuiden from behind. Years later, in 1987, a monument was unveiled by HRH Prince Bernhard on the dam where the Canadians had fought so hard to liberate central Zeeland.

With extreme caution and socks over their shoes to muffle any noise

 The liberation of Apeldoorn
I have been requested to say something about the night and morning of April 17th, 1945. Not that I was an eyewitness, but I can reconstruct the situation.
After the Battle of the Bulge and the unsuccessful Battle of Arnhem the Allies had, in effect, passed our country over and had immediately advanced over the Rhine to the heart of Germany. It is for this reason that our liberators came from the east, from Germany, via this outflanking movement, instead of from the west or the south.
On Friday, April 13th, 1945, just before six o'clock in the evening, a long column of Canadian and English liberators coming from the direction of Teuge arrived in the vicinity of Zevenhuizen. They encountered tremendous resistance from a mixed lot of Germans, alone or in small groups, all the way from the River IJssel. The losses the Canadians and English sustained enforced vigilance upon the unit.
Near to Anklaar, the Hastings and Prince Edwards Regiments again came up against


fierce German resistance.
An unsuccessful attack was attempted in the early morning of April 14th on the Broek Bridge and again a day later at the fork near the Toll.
Two tanks met with heavy resistance. Anti-tank shells bombarded them from various sides, setting them on fire. The Canadian supreme command became more and more convinced that the Germans would doggedly defend the city of Apeldoorn. They even assumed that the Germans had formed a bridgehead at the Apeldoorn Canal in a last attempt to thwart or at least delay the allies' push towards the west of the Netherlands.
Would "the final battle of the Second World War" take place at Apeldoorn? This is what occupied the minds of the allies.
The Canadian offensive, in the night of April 15th, was heralded by heavy shelling around the canal. The grenades whistled through the air before striking with thundering force. Light flashed through the dark. Heavy machine-guns rattled. The Germans retaliated with snipers. Dozens of prisoners were taken. And yet there were very few inhabitants of Apeldoorn who witnessed the sight, as most hid anxiously in cellars waiting for what was to come.
In the early hours of April 16th, the Royal Canadian Regiment's D-Company reconnoitred the surroundings of the Welgelegen Bridge while the 48th Highlanders battalion had advanced within 300 metres of the Apeldoorn Bridge – better known in Apeldoorn as the Deventer Bridge.
Dozens of prisoners of war were taken here in the Zevenhuizen district as well.
German snipers on the west bank in town opened fire on the troops. In the afternoon they had to endure fighter-bombing. But the advance stagnated and tension mounted.
That Monday evening, the allied army command drew up a formidable plan of attack for the following morning. The centre of Apeldoorn would come under concentrated gunfire.
Fortunately, it never got that far and Apeldoorn was saved from destruction. More on that later.
Up until three o'clock in the morning of April 17th, all companies along the Canal were still engaged in an exchange with the enemy but suddenly, as if by superior order, both parties ceased fire and silence fell. Just when a reconnaissance patrol was to be dispatched a message arrived stating that "the Germans left Apeldoorn last night. The bridge over the Canal has been abandoned, except for a dynamite group". These commandos surrendered shortly after to members of the war-time Domestic Forces in the Netherlands.
Gijs Numan, who was a member of the Resistance and the Domestic Forces in the Netherlands, saved Apeldoorn from the offensive. He and Albert van der Scheur succeeded in reaching the east side of the Canal. By the light of the moon, they snuck unseen across the Apeldoorn locks to bring the liberators news of the German retreat. This briefly met with disbelief, as just shortly



 before a reconnaissance patrol had taken two more German prisoners of war.
But around 4:30 p.m., the advance was set in across the devastated bridge in Deventer Street and over the locks. With extreme caution and socks over their shoes to muffle any noise, the Canadians stole towards the west side of the Canal. Royal Canadian Regiment C-company was the first to reach the centre of Apeldoorn without encountering any resistance to speak of. The 48th Highlanders battalion followed on their heels, heading towards Het Loo Palace by way of the Parks. Another battalion reached the same destination via a temporary bridge near the Loo Bridge which had also been destroyed. Around half past eleven on April 17th, 1945, the Dutch flag flew again from the roof of the Palace. The southern regions of Apeldoorn, Beekbergen and Ugchelen were liberated that same day by troops of the 3rd Canadian brigade.

If I should survive this hell and come home, I would eat a plate of mud.

The liberation of Walcheren and Middelburg.
The allied attack on Walcheren was aimed at securing the Scheldt-estuary to enable the use of the Antwerp harbors. In October 1944 it was decided to flood the peninsula to limit German manoeuvre capabilities. The actual attack on Walcheren compromised several actions. In the south (Vlissingen) and west (Westkapelle) a landing took place on 1 November by British forces. On the eastside the Sloedam (nickname ‘Bloody Causeway’) was attacked by the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade. The attackers found themselves in an extremely difficult position. The dam was more than a kilometer long and completely bare. Between 31 October and 3 November 1944 severe battle took place.
Pte. Frank Holm, B-company,
Calgary Highlanders:
‘At a certain moment a heavy shell dropped nearby. As a result we were covered with a wave of mud. At instant I promised myself that if I should survive this hell and come home, I would eat a plate of mud. I indeed lived through the war, but in contrast with the promise I have never eaten mud!.’
Lt. Charles Forbes, D-company Régiment de Maisonneuve:
Total silence was dominating. Only in war similar contrasts appear. One minute you are not able to hear your own voice, the next moment you can even hear the