The Cape Breton Highlanders

“Return to Delfzijl”

28 April to 7 May 2005







Cape Breton Highlanders and “Friends of the CBH” will visit Delfzijl, Holland to commemorate the liberation of that Northern Dutch town by the CBH, in May of 1945.


The trip will feature battlefield walks, night time silent walks, participation in the official “2005 Year of the Veteran” Canadian Memorial Ceremony to be held at the Holten Canadian War Ceremony (where the Delfzijl war dead are buried), reception by the Mayor of Delfzijl and local dignitaries, a visit to Bolsward (where the CBH lived for several months before returning to Canada, in January of 1946), visits to local schools and educational institutes to present copies of The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders, and presentation of a plaque, to be affixed to a prominent place in the town, commemorating the liberation by the CBH.


To learn more about the visit, please contact Alex Morrison at or 902-420-0913.


Cape Breton Highlanders Return to Holland

Canada has declared 2005 as the year of the Veteran. To mark the 60 th Anniversary of the liberation of the Dutch town of Delfzijl , at the end of the Second World War, members of the Cape Breton Highlanders Association and friends will visit Holland from 28 April to 7 May. Veterans will relive old memories, tour battle sites, recall the names and faces of comrades who died there; veterans, and friends will also be able to meet with the Mayor and citizens, visit schools to chat and present copies of The Breed of Manly Men: The History of the Cape Breton Highlanders, and present a commemorative plaque recalling the unit’s exploits. They will also participate in the official Dutch/Canadian services at the Canadian War Cemetery at Holten. The contribution of the CBH to the Liberation of Holland deserves to be recalled and remembered by us all.


Recalling the battle for Delfzijl, Private Floyd McCulloch recalled: “The battle I remember the most is when we took Delfzijl. I think it was the toughest battle we were ever in. Some hand-to-hand fighting, we were taking prisoners, sending them out, they were tramping on our mines. I think sometimes that I can still smell the burning buildings, but we took the place.” Twenty Cape Breton Highlanders were killed and over 50 wounded in the fighting. Over 1,500 prisoners were captured, in addition to large numbers of weapons and amounts of equipment and all of the Dutch currency found on a German Army Paymaster. One of the items seized by the Cape Breton Highlanders was the Delfzijl Eagle. Now hanging in the Victoria Park Officers’ Mess in Sydney , the wooden oak eagle clutches a swastika in its talons.