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OPERATION VERITABLE

Operation Veritable, also known as the Battle of the Reichswald, was a military operation of the British 21st Army Group led by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery during the Second World War. It was the northern half of a pincer movement to free the area between the Ruhr and the Rhine. The operation took place between 8 February and 11 March 1945.

The 21st Army Group at that time consisted of the British 2nd Army (incl. Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey), the Canadian 1st Army (incl. General Harry Crerar) and the American 9th Army (incl. Lieutenant General William H. Simpson). While the British second army would defend the northern flank, the fortified Canadian first army would push through the Reichswald to the Rhine. The US Ninth Army was to carry out Operation Grenade, the southern half of the force movement.

During our tour we deal with the British advance through and around the Reichswald, and the Canadian attack on Wyler and the Ooy polder.