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'British Cross the Rhine: All eyes skywards as airborne troops go over', March 1945

Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945), 1945.

General Bernard Montgomery''s 21st Army Group, crossed the Rhine on 23-24 March 1945 at Rees and Wesel in a brilliantly executed assault known as Operation PLUNDER. The assault was undertaken after a huge air and artillery bombardment and was hidden by a smoke screen. The British 6th Airborne Division and the US 17th Airborne Division were dropped by parachute and glider behind the German lines to secure a foothold and disrupt the defences.

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NAM. 2006-12-103-27


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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