The Rhine Crossing: 9th US Army & 17th US Airborne
Casemate Publishers, 01.01.2006 - 190 Seiten
In spring 1945, the outcome of the war was beyond doubt. Yet with the Russians closing fast on Berlin, the speed of the US & British advance was of the essence. One major hurdle remained - the mighty Rhine. This text follows the river crossings by 30th & 79th US Divisions & the parachute assault by 17th US Airborne Division.
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116th Panzer Division 120th Regiment 17th Airborne Division 17th Airborne Division’s 1st Battalion 21 Army Group’s 25 March 2nd Battalion 30th Division 30th Division’s 507th Parachute 79th Division advance airfield Allied American anti-tank guns anti—aircraft Army Group artillery attack Besten bridge bridgehead British captured clearing codenamed Colonel Purdue commanding Company G counter-attack crossed the Rhine Diersfordt Forest Dinslaken drop zone dyke east bank embankment enemy fight forward Gahlen German gliders ground halftracks Hamminkeln heading headquarters Hobbs infantry Issel Stream Kirchhellen landing craft landing zone Lieutenant Colonel Lippe Canal Lippe river machine-gun Mehrum mile Montgomery moved night nightfall Ninth Army’s Objective Operation PLUNDER Operation VARSITY outskirts Panzergrenadiers paratroopers patrols perimeter planes platoon positions prisoners pushed railway Regiment’s front rest Rhine river riverbank road Schwarze Heide shells Somme Spellen Staatsforst Wesel tank destroyers Task Force troops village waiting woods Wyche XVI Corps