The sturdy Dutch inhabitants of Walcheren Island did not want to leave their flooded homes. The grey sea had snaked through Walcheren's bomb-breached dikes, coiled around hamlets and towns, drowned their handsome black-&-white Friesian Holland cattle. It had also brought salty death to orchards, pastures, grain fields. But most farmers and burghers shook their heads when Allied amphibious ducks chugged up to take them away.

At Domburg only one Dutchman was willing to go. It was the same in Oostkapelle, Westkapelle, Veere and all the other dike-side communities. Worried officials knew the marooned folk had food for two or three months....

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