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Liberation of Belgium

2 Sep 1944 - 2 Nov 1944


With northern France just won, Allied troops under general command of the Canadians pushed into Belgium in early Sep 1944. Major cities of Brussels and Antwerp were liberated quickly, and the V-1 rocket launching bases nearby fell along with the cities. German troops attempted to hinder the usefulness of the Antwerp port by attacking with V-1 and V-2 rockets, but the rockets were not accurate in their attacks and the port facilities remained standing. The city itself, however, bore the burden of the rockets that ran astray.


Liberation of Belgium Timeline

2 Sep 1944 Canadian troops crossed into Belgium.
3 Sep 1944 In Belgium, British Second Army captured Brussels and US First Army captured Tournai.
4 Sep 1944 British 11th Armoured Division captured Antwerp, Belgium.
5 Sep 1944 US Third Army crossed the Meuse River while the British forces reached Ghent, Belgium.
7 Sep 1944 British 11th Armoured Division crossed the Albert Canal in Belgium.
8 Sep 1944 In Belgium, US First Army captured Liége and Canadian forces captured Ostend.
10 Sep 1944 Allied patrols in Belgium crossed the German border near Aachen, Germany.
11 Sep 1944 Scottish 15th Division crossed into the Netherlands near Antwerp, Belgium.
2 Nov 1944 Canadian forces captured Zeebrugge, which was the last pocket of German occupation in Belgium.
4 Feb 1945 Belgium was reportedly free of German forces as of this date.


German prisoners of war, captured by men of US 82nd Airborne Division, Sep 1944Men of the 8th Infantry Regiment attempted to move forward but were pinned down by German small arms from within the Belgian town of Libin, 7 Sep 1944M4 Sherman tank covering the advance of men of US 60th Infantry Regiment, Belgium, 9 Sep 1944African-American US Army soldiers of 4185th Quartermaster Service Company unloading rations from a truck, Liege, Belgium, 1944


Map depicting the western front of the European War, 1 Sep 1944Map depicting the dispositions of the US 3rd Army at the evening of 5 Sep 1944Map depicting the Allied campaign toward Germany, 26 Aug-14 Sep 1944

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  1. john cuddy says:
    5 Nov 2009 01:54:43 AM

    my uncle patrick cuddy was in the 2nd world war and was involved in the liberation of belgium i wud b gratefull if any one could give me more information about my uncle my number is 07514085487
  2. Charles Lundsberg says:
    29 Oct 2011 10:01:39 PM

    My grandfather was one of the first Americans to set foot in Brussels having been forced to land his B-17 there Sept 12, 1944. Am looking for any pictures of the crew or the B-17. The B-17 Serial # was 42-97307 and it sat on the runway until it was scrapped in March of 1945. Crew had nose art of the plane on their jackets - Plane was called Flak Shak.
  3. John Henley says:
    24 May 2014 02:31:36 PM

    My dad was James B. Henley from Camden, Arkansas. He was a military policeman in Liege during the war. Any information would be great! Thanks

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