Operation Blockbuster

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Operation Blockbuster
Part of Western Front, World War II
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Operation Blockbuster (yellow)
Date 26 February – 3 March 1945
Location Lower Rhine region Germany
Result Allied victory
 United Kingdom
Commanders and leaders
Canada Harry Crerar
United Kingdom Brian Horrocks
Germany Alfred Schlemm

Operation Blockbuster was the completion of the larger Operation Veritable by the First Canadian Army, reinforced by the XXX Corps from the British Second Army from late February to early March, 1945. Veritable had been slower and more costly than expected and the Canadian commander, General Harry Crerar, had decided on a fresh start for the operation. Three British and Canadian divisions advanced north-westwards, capturing unprepared German positions in the Hochwald forested ridge (de), before advancing on Xanten. They linked up with the Ninth US Army at Berendonk, near Geldern on 3 March.

Further reading[edit]

  • Ellis, Major L. F. & with Warhurst, Lieutenant-Colonel A. E. (2004) [1st. pub. HMSO 1968]. Butler, J. R. M., ed. Victory in the West: The Defeat of Germany. History of the Second World War United Kingdom Military Series. II. Naval & Military Press. ISBN 1-84574-059-9. 

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