A couple of years ago I had the honor to listen to two veterans of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division, who had seen combat during the battle of the Scheldt. The story of the opening of the Scheldt is long and unpleasant. It begins in mid-September when the task was allotted to General Crerar. It ends, so far as First Canadian Army was concerned, only on 8 November when organized resistance ceased on Walcheren Island. There was much difficult, nasty and costly fighting in the interim. Both veterans served with the 4th Canadian Armourd Division. The first with the Canadian Grenadier Guards (22nd Armoured Regiment), the second with the Lake Superior Regiment. Both units were part of the 4th Armoured Brigade. For me, it was only the second time I had the honor to listen to the story of a veteran. It made a huge impression on me, hearing the LSR veteran say: "We lost many good men during the battle of the Scheldt".