Operation Veritable was the northern part of the Second World War pincer movement by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group to clear the land between the Rhine and Roer rivers which took place between 8 February and 11 March, 1945.
The British Second and the Canadian First were able to continue their advance with heavy fighting along the narrow neck of land between the Meuse and the Waal east of Nijmegen, but the U.S. Ninth were unable to advance until the waters went down during the third week. The Canadian advance was the Battle of the Reichswald.
During the two weeks that the river was flooded Hitler would not allow the Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt to withdraw East behind the Rhine arguing that it would only delay the inevitable fight. He ordered him to fight where his forces stood.
By the time the water had subsided and the Ninth Army was able to cross the Roer on February 23, other Allied forces were also close to the Rhine's west bank. Rundstedt's divisions which had remained on the west bank of the Rhine were cut to pieces in the Rhineland and 290,000 men were taken prisoner.
After the battle, 34 Armoured Brigade conducted a review of its part in the phase of the battle in the forest itself, in order to highlight the experiences of the armoured units and learn lessons.
Hidden Valley in Jefferson for all to see ; A veritable outdoor museum largely run by volunteers shows that Maine's woods are also lovely, dark and deep - and more.
Dec 23, 2012; Portland Press Herald (Maine)12-23-2012Hidden Valley in Jefferson for all to see ; A veritable outdoor museum largely run by...