Back Zeedijk, Westkapelle

A Sherman tank and the memorial stones for the 4th. Commando soldiers make the Landing Memorial Westkapelle.

The landings craft LC (T) 737 which was loaded with tanks, left the port of Ostend (Belgium) on 31 October 1944. It landed on the beach at Westkapelle with his tank "Bramble 5" (blackberry, also Flail tank and the crew called it "the crab"). The Bramble 5 was the second tank which landed at Westkapelle. During the landing the tank became unusable, caused by water in the tank. The ammunition was transferred from the tank into an amphibian vehicle for troop transport. Due to its heavy load the vehicle got stuck in the mud. Eventually the vehicle drove on a mine which caused a huge explosion. The Sherman tank was left behind by the British troops and finally became part of the Landing Memorial Westkapelle (as the nearby Liberty Bridge does, in memory of the Royal Marines of the Allied Forces that died in action).

The text on the memorial stone on the left reads in Dutch and English:

4 Commando Brigade British Liberation Army landde hier op 1 nov. 1944 om het eiland te bevrijden 4 Commando Brigade British Liberation Army landed here on 1 Nov. 1944 to liberate the island

The text on the memorial stone on the right reads (in English):

To the greater glory of God this stone is erected by the Royal Marines in commemoration of the landing of No 4 Commando Brigade at Westkapelle on 1st November 1944

The text on the plaque in the middle reads:

Op 3 en 29 oct. 1944 werd deze dijk

door geallieerde bommen doorbroken

terwille van de bevrijding van Walcheren

Westkapelle werd verwoest

Walcheren door de zee overspoeld

1 nov. Landing der geallieerden

8 nov. Walcheren bevrijd

3 oct. 1945 dijkgat gedicht

Walcheren kan herrijzen

On 3 and 29 October 1944 this dike

was bombed by the Allies

for the liberation of Walcheren

Westkapelle was destroyed Walcheren overflowed by the sea 1 Nov. 1944 Landing of the Allies 8 Nov. 1944 Walcheren liberated 3 Oct.1945 gap in the dyke closed Walcheren can resurrect

This memorial stone commemorates the British 4th. Commando soldiers who landed on the island of Walcheren  on 1 November 1944

This memorial stone commemorates the British 4th. Commando soldiers who landed on the island of Walcheren on 1 November 1944

Memorial stone, erected by the Royal Marines

Memorial stone, erected by the Royal Marines

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