Why did hitler want antwerp?

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The Allies needed to control the West and East Scheldt – areas of sea to the north-west of Antwerp… From here they were meant to return to Germany to help defend against the expected Allied onslaught. However, Hitler had ordered that the Walcheren was to become a fortress to stop the Allies advance.

On September 3, 1944 the Welsh Guards liberated Brussels. Just after the liberation, the inhabitants of the Marolles district held a mock funeral for Hitler. The port of Antwerp was an important strategic objective because Allied supply lines were heavily stretched and needed a deep-sea port near the front lines.

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