Guy de Merlis


On a secluded plot of land reclaimed from the sea, the grateful Dutch people of Zealand have erected a monument dedicated to the 135 soldiers of the Fifth Brigade, Second Canadian Infantry Division killed or wounded in the battle of the Walcheren causeway, October 31st to November 2nd, 1944.

The monument, unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Bernard, of the Netherlands, on October 31st, 1987, in the presence of a handful of Canadian veterans, commemorates the sacrifice of the members of three regiments: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, Le Régiment de Maisonneuve, both Montreal units, and the Calgary Highlanders.

In order to appreciate the horrendous situation that the attacking infantrymen faced, one has to visualize the battle ground, a setting most likely unique for Canadian forces in the Second World War.