Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by ecalpald, Aug 18, 2019.
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Great link, thanks for posting. I've been looking for new images of the Commando raids on Walcheren Island for a while now. Many of the men who eventually formed 142 Commando in India came directly from these operations.
Thank you for the link. I am looking for photos of 77th Assault Company RE.
While we are on the subject of Walcheren Island. An earlier British assault on the island during the Napoleonic wars ended in disaster with many men succumbing to a Malaria like fever that became known as Walcheren Fever. Many Riflemen who had survived the rigours of the winter retreat to Corrunna and campaigning in Portugal and Spain were laid low. Was this fever still an issue in 1944? Had modern medicine, sanitation etc seen it off?
Probably all to do with the fact that the Dutch went about reclaiming the land, also draining the marshes, after the late 18th century.
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