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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7 Jul

Anne Frank middag

1 Jun - 12 Jul

Expositie ‘Rose Jakobs, de Roos die nooit bloeide’

15 Jul

Cineac voor kinderen

16 Jul

Anne Frank middag

28 Jul

Workshop ‘Het leven van de parachutist in WO2’

29 Jul

Spionagetraining

29 Jul

Spionagetraining

29 Jan - 31 Jul

Uitgave oorlogsdagboek 1944 – 1945 Frans Kragt Hzn.

13 Dec - 1 Aug

Herdenkingsroute Ermelo 75 jaar bevrijding

Memorial route along numerous places in and around the village of Ermelo that have been significant during the war years. Attention is paid to visible traces from the mobilization period, hiding places, German practice and army places and monuments.

5 Aug

Spionagetraining

9 Aug

Battlefield Fietstour ‘Fietsen zonder parachute’

12 Aug

Cineac voor kinderen

14 Aug

Actie ‘Niet Weggooien’

14 Aug

Regionale Indië Herdenking

15 Aug

Indisch Vrijheidsmaal

15 Aug

Heel Nijmegen vlagt op 15 augustus!

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Flag Protocol August 15th

16 Aug

Battlefield Fietstour ‘Fietsen zonder parachute’

18 Aug

Anne Frank middag

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