National Geographic : 1946 Feb
British Information Services A Willow Mattress, Couch for Stones and Sand, Mends a Walcheren Dike Breached by RAFBlock Busters toDrown Nazi Guns In October, 1944, this island paid a heavy price that Allied shipping might use the channel into Antwerp, Belgium(map, page 240). As thesearaced across farm lands, the British followed in assault boats. This winter the last of four breaks was being sealed. Here at Westkapelle high tide pours infrom Holland's oldenemy, the sea (left). British concrete caissons, similar to Normandy's artificial harbor works, are sunk in the breach. Left: Alanding craft, LCM, beaches onthedike. Right: A Dutch windmill, with no grain to grind, stands idle.