The Highland Light Infantry of Canada war diary reports on October 11, 1944:
Today we are to attack Biervliet, Netherlands. No log was kept of this show due to lack of communications so information is lacking. The enemy withdrew from the town as we reached the outskirts, but we were subjected to by shellfire.
Major Edwards was recalled to Brigade and Major P.W. Strickland (former unit Intelligence Officer) is now in command. This is good news to all who know Major Strickland. His work as BM at 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade is well known by all and we are happy to have Major Strickland back as C.O. of the unit.
At 2300 hrs a strong enemy fighting force overran 16 Platoon of "D" Coy. The breach was plugged by a Platoon from "A" Coy. Private Beaudreau of 16 Platoon broke his rifle and also an enemy weapon over the head of one of the attacking force. The situation was soon in hand and a little ground was regained by the enemy.
Weather - cool, dull. Morale - good.
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