Antwerp was liberated on 4 September 1944. The capture of Antwerp was of great importance to the Allies since they needed a large port to supply their armies and continue their advance towards Germany. 

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Since their break-out from Normandy in August 1944 the Allied armies had been advancing at an astonishing pace and had begun to outrun their supply lines. Antwerp, with its large port, offered an opportunity to solve these supply problems. By 5 September large parts of Antwerp were in Allied hands, but the port could not be brought into use until 28 November as Germans troops still held the banks of the Scheldt River, which flowed into the harbour.

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