Scheldt Dyke BaarlandBack Zeedijk, Baarland
Grass-topped dyke, located southeast of the village of Baarland. Landing spot of the 52nd Lowland Scottish Division (codenamed Operation Vitality II) during the Battle of the Scheldt.
As the Canadian 2nd Infantry Division was slowed by mines, mud and strong German defenses during the first couple of days of Operation Vitality, an amphibious attack was made across the West Scheldt by the 52nd Lowland Scottish Division. A flotilla of landing craft was moved from Terneuzen to the south shore of the South Beveland peninsula on 26 October 1944. The Scottish soldiers found the steep and slippery dykes a greater obstacle than the Germans. The terrain and the limited number of available Buffaloes slowed the expansion of the bridgehead, but in the early morning of 27 October 1944 the German resistance was broken.
The memorial on the Scheldt Dyke commemorates the liberation of the South Beveland peninsula and Baarland specifically.