On the 7th of September 1944
, in an attempt to aid the beleaguered 4th Batallion, the King's Shropshire Light Infantry Regiment (159th Infantry Brigade) in their small bridgehead north of the Albert Canal
At sunrise B company was ordered to push through to Merksem
, but the order was soon countermanded due to the fact that the Shropshires were being pulled back. However, the Monmouths were now in close contact with the enemy. Tanks of the 23rd Hussars
tried twice to attack the bridge underneath the railway but were driven away twice by two German 88mm guns
On the 2nd of October 1944
, The 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade and two resistance batallions attacked Merksem
from the west and south.
On the 3rd October 1944
the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division (1st British Corps) occupied Brasschaat. Meanwhile, the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade finally completed the clearing of Merksem
, with the help of the Belgian Resistance.
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