On the water-laced flats of eastern Holland, Montgomery's British and Canadians moved ahead, canal by canal, while the Germans warily eyed' their reserves and wondered when the big blow would jail: For one of the operations that communiqués call "local actions," LIFE Photographer George Silk went forward with an assault battalion, cabled this report:

This evening we crossed another canal—the Wessem in the Roermond area. A Scottish regiment made the crossing, and they made it "without fuss or bother, with a calmness that comes from lots of experience. The show started at 4 p.m.—dusk...

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