World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF GERMANY (West): At Last, Antwerp

The last pin was knocked from the gate to the great port of Antwerp last week. It took one of the crudest ship-to-shore battles of the war to finish the job.

The immediate, feverish question was: how soon could the port be used to supply Eisenhower's waiting armies? The answer was that shallow-draft, small and medium-sized vessels up to perhaps 15,000 tons could probably come in as soon as the river channel was cleared of mines, which should not take more than a week; for larger ships, some dredging will be necessary. In...

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