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Walcheren

(väl`khərən), region, Zeeland prov., SW Netherlands, on the North Sea at the entrance to the Scheldt estuary. MiddelburgMiddelburg
, city (1994 pop. 40,118), capital of Zeeland prov., SW Netherlands, on the former island of Walcheren. It is a manufacturing and tourist center. Chartered in 1217, Middelburg developed into an important medieval trade center.
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 is the chief city and is also the capital of Zeeland prov. VlissingenVlissingen
or Flushing
, city (1994 pop. 44,211), Zeeland prov., SW Netherlands, on the southern coast of the former island of Walcheren. Its manufactures include shipbuilding, chemicals, and gears.
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 is also important. Dunes line the North Sea coast, and diked lowlands predominate elsewhere. Agriculture and cattle raising constitute the mainstays of Walcheren's economy; principal crops are wheat, vegetables, fruit, and sugar beets. Walcheren also has a considerable tourist trade, attracted largely by the medieval buildings in Middelburg. The region was occupied by the Germans and suffered heavy bombardment during World War II. The dikes were bombed and the area largely flooded in order hamper the German forces. In the autumn of 1944, Canadian and British troops assaulted and secured Walcheren as part of the campaign to clear the Scheldt estuary so that the Allies could use the Belgian port of AntwerpAntwerp,
Du. Antwerpen, Fr. Anvers, city (1991 pop. 467,518), capital of Antwerp prov., N Belgium, on the Scheldt River. It is one of the busiest ports in Europe; a commercial, industrial, and financial center; and a rail junction.
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, which had been captured earlier.
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Walcheren

an island in the SW Netherlands, in the Scheldt estuary: administratively part of Zeeland province; suffered severely in World War II, when the dykes were breached, and again in the floods of 1953. Area: 212 sq. km (82 sq. miles)
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Foulkes sought to extend the neutral zone further north, and promised to carry out no offensive operations in a huge triangle drawn between Walcheren Island on the coast of Holland at the mouth of the Scheldt River, extending to the Ijsselmeer, the largest lake in Western Europe located in the country's centre-north.
(21) ANWB Archief Den Haag 181, Verslag van de Vereeniging Rijwielpad 'Walcheren' over het jaar 1932, 1934; ANWB Archief Den Haag 172, Jaarverslag van de Vereeniging voor aanleg en onderhoud van Rijwielpaden in Gooi- en Eemland, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1941.
But she soon returned to the battle and took part in the bombardment of Brest, Le Havre and Walcheren.
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Probably his patron did not regret a delay which further advanced Philip's ambition to bring the Revival of Learning to the North; in fact to Walcheren, the outmost island of the Zeeland Archipelago formed by the confluence of the deltas of the rivers Scheldt, Maas and Waal.
He managed to avoid sniper's bullets in Normandy, but it was in late 1944 that Don had his first experience of battle during the fight for Walcheren Island off the coast of Holland.
November 1 Fighting to reopen Belgium's vital port of Antwerp, Canadian and British troops crash ashore on Holland's Walcheren Island, in the German-held Scheldt Estuary.