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

8 Apr

Struikelstenen (Stolpersteine) wandeling

Stolpersteine walk Unique wheelchair walk along Nijkerk stumbling stones (Stolpersteine). Under the guidance of a museum guide and with the help of primary school students, we walk past these special monuments.

8 Apr

WO2-café Dieren

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9 Apr

WO2-café Geldermalsen

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9 Apr

Bustour ‘in de voetsporen van de Canadese bevrijders’

Geannuleerd

9 Apr

Achterhoek herdenkt 75 jaar Vrijheid

13 Aug - 10 Apr

Escaperoom Universiteit in Verzet

10 Apr

Lezing over Ru Paré

10 Apr

Lezing over Ru Paré

10 Apr

De aanslag

11 Apr

In de voetsporen van de Canadezen

11 Apr

Voorst Remembers Operation Cannonshot

On Saturday 11th of April, the Bussloo Recreation Area is the subject of Operation Cannonshot, the start of the liberation of the Veluwe. There is much to experience such as a military camp, re-enactment and lectures. The highlight is the launch of the amphibious vehicles in the recreational lake.

11 Apr

Operatie Geslaagd – Erik Krikke en zijn band 7even Bridges over PTSS

17 Jan - 12 Apr

Expositie ‘Bezet, bevrijd & geplunderd’

12 Apr

Voorst Remembers Operation Cannonshot – Bevrijdingstour en Herdenking

On Sunday 12th of April 2020, Easter Sunday, the crossing of the IJssel, Operation Cannonshot, will be commemorated and relived. Military vehicles will ride a tour through the villages of the municipality of Voorst. Along the route there are some stops to commemorate and realize the liberation.

13 Apr

Klementbrug Heerde

13 Apr

Herdenking Posterenk | 75 jaar bevrijding

13 Apr

Lezing Rob Bertholee

14 Apr

WO2-café Barneveld

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