Attack on the Scheldt

The Struggle for Antwerp 1944

Graham A Thomas

* Graphic account of the battle for the Scheldt, Walcheren and Antwerp in 1944

* Focuses on the Allied attack on the German stronghold of Walcheren

* Detailed description of the advance of 21 Army Group across France and Belgium

* The first full-length study of a neglected aspect of the final offensive against Nazi Germany
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781473850675
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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During the Allied advance across northwest Europe in 1944, the opening up of the key port of Antwerp was a pivotal event, yet it has been neglected in histories of the conflict. The battles in Normandy and on the German frontier have been studied often and in detail, while the fight for the Scheldt estuary, Walcheren and Antwerp itself has been treated as a sideshow. Graham Thomas’s timely and graphic account underlines the importance of this aspect of the Allied campaign and offers a fascinating insight into a complex combined-arms operation late in the Second World War.

Using operational reports and vivid firsthand eyewitness testimony, he takes the reader alongside 21 Army Group as it cleared the Channel ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, then moved on to attack the Scheldt and the island stronghold of Walcheren. Overcoming entrenched German resistance there was essential to the whole operation, and it is the climax of his absorbing narrative.

About The Author

Graham A. Thomas is a historian specialising in the history of the British army and air force in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review, a quarterly journal on the doctrine and history of the British army. His publications include Furies and Fireflies Over Korea, Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs and Firestorm: Typhoons Over Caen. He has also written several books on naval and maritime history, including Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers and Blackbeard: The Hunt For The Worlds Most Notorious Pirate.


A most interesting book, well researched and very well documented.

- FSAddon

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