Attack on the Rhineland

The winter of 1944: British Field Marshal Montgomery is planning a large-scale operation to conquer the left bank of the Rhine. In just a month and a half, the army grows to almost 500,000 soldiers. It is the largest Allied attack since Normandy on the smallest battlefield! Early February 1945, the thaw sets in and tanks get stuck in the rain and mud. Operation Veritable turns into a mud bath.

Operation Veritable is the code name for the Allied advance to Germany on 8 February 1945. Due to days of rain and strong German resistance, the advance is slow.

By the end of 1944, the Netherlands has been liberated up to the great rivers. The only place where the British army can enter Germany without crossing a river is in the area of Nijmegen. British Field Marshal Montgomery plans a large-scale operation to conquer the left bank of the Rhine. It is the biggest attack since Normandy for the Brits and the Canadians and on the smallest battlefield. At the beginning of February 1945, almost half a million men with more than 1000 artillery guns and 34,000 vehicles on a ten kilometres front line are ready for the attack. Montgomery hopes to reach the Rhine quickly by attacking over frozen, wintery terrain. The attack starts with a gigantic artillery bombardment, which stuns the defenders, but it is thawing so much that the operation turns into one big mud bath. (source: www.spannendegeschiedenis.nl)

Read more about the Rhineland Offensive on Liberationroute.com.

 

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Route Water as a Weapon – Rinderen

In October 1944 the German troops decide to flood a large part of the Dutch-German border area to avert an attack from the Allies. In December 1944, when the water in the Rhine is at a high, German soldiers use heavy explosives to make a hole in the dyke in Driel. Their actions cause a huge flood which has grave consequences for the people living there, the warring factions and a few barge owners. In early February of 1945, dykes in the vicinity of Kleve in Germany are blown up, but, fortunately, do not stop the Allied advance.

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Experience ‘Gelderland Remembers’ at the following events

23 Sep

Rondleidingen met een VR-bril

23 Sep

Rondleidingen met een VR-bril

24 Sep

Arnhem tijdens de bezetting 1940-1945

Actief

Lecture on Arnhem in the period 1940-1945

7 - 25 Sep

De White Ribbon Mile

26 Sep

Fietstocht ‘Waalstad in oorlog. Nijmegen-Oost tussen hoop en vrees’

26 Sep

Fietstocht ‘Waalstad in oorlog. Nijmegen-Oost tussen hoop en vrees’

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides (Dutch spoken).

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

27 Sep

Battlefield Fietstour ‘De bevrijding van Nijmegen’

Bicycle tour (on your own bike) of 10 km over the battlefields of WW2 around the bridges in Nijmegen accompanied by two guides.

3 Apr - 30 Sep

Moos Cohen

Exhibition of the work of Moos Cohen, painter, born in Tiel, lived in Amsterdam and was assasinated in Auschwitz in 1942.

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

1 - 30 Sep

Airborne expositie: Missies van Toen en Nu

4 Oct

Fieldtrips van Grateful Generation Tours

The Freedom Museum in cooperation with Grateful Generation tours will organize exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an authentic Willys MB from WW2 (2 to 3 persons, a maximum of 1 group is allowed at the same time).

4 Oct

Fieldtrips van Grateful Generation Tours

The Freedom Museum in cooperation with Grateful Generation tours will organize exciting fieldtrips along the battlefields of Operation Market Garden in an authentic Willys MB from WW2 (2 to 3 persons).

14 Oct

Workshop ‘Het leven van de parachutist in WO2’

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