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The Scheldt operations serve to remind us once more of  the vital importance of Administration in modern war. It was the urgency of ensuring good administrative arrangements for the Allied armies directed on North-West Germany that produced the hard campaign in the water girt lands of the estuary; and the casualties which the campaign occasioned were the price of the facilities essential to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Flexibility is the principle that stands out strongly in this series of operations. The possession of naval superiority and excellent amphibious equipment enabled the Allies to exploit this principle, striking the enemy both on his land and sea fronts. A particular example of flexibility is the change of plan by which the 8th Brigade, originally intended to support the 7th on the Leopold Canal, was instead moved in by water to reinforce the attack of the 9th against the rear of the Breskens pocket.

Flexibility contributes to surprise. The latter was achieved when Buffalos were moved up from the Ghent to Terneuzen to launch the 9th Brigade over the Braakman. The flooding of Walcheren by means never employed before also illustrates the principle. Economy of effort is perhaps best illustrated by the enemy's defence of the Scheldt Estuary. Using in he latter stages just two weak divisions at a vital point, the Germans denied the Allies  the use of the port facilities of Antwerp for six weeks, thereby forcing the Canadians to limit their operations on other parts of the front and delaying the full-scale assault on Germany. Finally, like all amphibious operations, these demonstrate the fundamental importance to success of the fullest Co-operation between the three fighting services. 


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