Hello Jack Given that I am the official archivist/historian for the Royal Navy's LST and Landing Craft Association here in England the greater part of my time, by far, is spent dealing with and answering queries concerning June 6th 1944 in Normandy. There is, I believe, a tendency, to think that Normandy was the be all and end all of amphibious assaults, which of course, as you correctly state, it was not. Given the scale of the D-Day landings, losses amongst men and craft were thankfully far lighter than was anticipated. The losses sustained during the assault on Walcheren on November 1st 1944, with a far smaller assault force, were substantial, the craft of the SSEF (Support Squadron Eastern Flank) suffering greatly. Had losses on D-Day, involving some 5000 ships and craft been of similar proportions I dread think what the final body count might have been. For many men, D-Day was horrific, for others, it was not, but veterans to whom I have spoken down the years who were present on both occasions recall November 1st at Walcheren being by far the worst of the two, it seems thatparticular assault is yet another that tends to be fogotten, except of course, by those who were there....!!
Official Archivist/Historian LST and Landing Craft Association (Royal Navy)