Municipality of Vlissingen & Zeeuws Maritiem muZEEumBack
Close to ‘muZEEum’ there is a windmill called Oranjemolen. In 1944 this spot was called ‘Uncle Beach’: this is where the Battle of the Scheldt took place.
- Start date
- 06 Mar 1940
- End date
- 12 May 1941
- Involved countries
- The Netherlands
Because of this battle Vlissingen was part of the international battleground for a while during the Second World War at the end of 1944. Antwerp had already been liberated, but the Western Scheldt was still in enemy hands. That is why in 1944 the Battle of the Scheldt was fought and the Atlantic Wall on the island of Walcheren, where Vlissingen lies, was breached. Apart from Normandy this is the only place where this happened.
It was one of the heaviest operations of the Second World War. After five weeks the battle was won by the Allied Forces. Many thousands were killed. On the spot where the Allied Forces landed at the time there is now a memorial area. Oranjemolen is part of this. Inside the windmill there is an exhibition about the Battle of the Scheldt and the consequences it had for the population and the city of Vlissingen.
On the site called “Uncle Beach”, near the Oranjemolen, we commemorate the liberation of Flushing by the Allied forces on November 3, 1944. Vlissingen was bombed and shelled throughout the war, and was an important part of the Atlantikwall - the defensive structure built to prevent the Allied forces from reclaiming Europe. The strategic location of Vlissingen at the mouth of the Western Scheldt led to intense fighting between occupier and liberator.
In this area are several spots and objects who tell the story of the Battle of the Scheldt and WWII in Vlissingen. In the Oranjemolen you can visit an exposition about WWII. A visit can be arranged at the Zeeland Maritime muZEEum.