Trained in the Cairngorms with the 7th/9th Battalion The Royal Scots for mountain and high-altitude warfare, it was a shock to end up striving through the flood waters of Walcheren to launch a night attack on the German Garrison Headquarters in Flushing. I served as Battalion Intelligence Officer and had crossed from Breskins Point in an assault landing-craft some hours ahead of the main body to recce positions where our rifles companies could be quickly led once they had beached around midnight. I also had to determine a site for Battalion Headquarters. The Battalion Commander was quickly called to Brigade Headquarters and I went with him. Whilst he received his orders from the Brigadier, I was separately briefed by the Brigade Intelligence Officer. I was told there would be about 50 Germans on the site! My CO was told the same. However our briefing informed us that the Garrison Headquarters in the Hotel Britannia was sited in the centred of a well-developed network of concrete positions surrounded by a steep bank. The objective was on the edge of the Scheldt and seemingly to the Germans an approach from the sea was less likely than a landward attack. Page 32 of www.lawlerbrown.com. has an excellent aerial photograph of the location and the surrounding defences and an account in my War Memoirs. The assault by the 7th/9th was originally intended as a ‘diversionary attack’: a prelude to No. 4 (Army) Commando approaching from the sea to the gap made by the RAFsix or seven hundred yards to the west of the hotel. It was hoped the enemy positions on the south shoulder of the gap would be concentrating on a threat from the town, rather than watching for a seaborne landing. 4 Commando unable to undertake this sea-landing because of commitments elsewhere, my CO undertook to capture the objective and destroy the German command post. One of our rifle companies had already been seconded to help control the dock area in Flushing being used to ferry civilians to the mainland along with casualties and p.o.ws. So the attack was planned with our remaining three rifle companies along with two sections of the carrier platoon operating dismounted to add their LMGs to our fire assault team. The approach was made wearing lifejackets and holding weapons and wireless sets out of the waist-deep sometimes chest-high flood water. As we near the objective we came under shell-fire from our own medium guns firing from the mainland; shots were falling short. After a brief few minutes dealing with our casualties we continued our advanced in single-file towards our forming-up place to launch our attack. The two leading company commanders formed their troops as square to their objective as possible despite the swirling, fast-flowing tide of flood water sweeping around them. At Battalion Tactical HQ we quickly heard the stirring battle-charge of 'Up the Royals!' as 'D' Company's 16 Platoon made the first assault. They courageously and quickly captured two pill boxes and 35 prisoners. As we heard our ancient battle-charge ringing through the darkness of the night, the CO said "it's going to be all right now!" So it was, but only after a gruelling and bravely fought battle as we faced a devastatingly-effective 4-barrelled 20mm gun located on the roof in a seemingly impregnable position supported by machine guns able to bring deadly fire on all the approaches to the objective. Platoonsand Sections of our three rifle companies and two Sections of the Dismounted Carriers persistently and relentlessly forced their way forward by sheer determination and bravery, bringing about the surrender of Oberst Reinhart and 600 prisoners; 50 Germans lay dead on the battlefield. We lost and mourn still 20 Royal Scots Comrades killed or later died of their wounds. As a footnote I would add, prior intelligence sources may have indicated normal manning of the headquarters was around 50 men, but failed to take into account that as Flushing was being overrun by the 4 and 5 KOSB and Commando units, those Germans who could would inevitably fall back on their headquarters for a last stand.