Antwerp is liberated - On this day in history


04 September 2016
4-September-Map-of-Antwerp-99908.jpg Map of Antwerp
The Belgian city of Antwerp was liberated on 4 September 1944

On this day in history, 1944: The British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Belgian city of Antwerp. Antwerp is a coastal city that lies on the border with the Netherlands, it was a victory for the allies as it has one of the largest ports in Europe and one of the biggest cities in Belgium, meaning they had secured a good position for marching further across Europe to liberate other cities.

The operation only began two days previously with a Canadian division being the first to enter Belgium. The complete liberation was to take another five months to the day to complete.

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