Operation Blockbuster On 26 February 1945, the Canadian 2nd Corps, launched a set-piece attack called 'Blockbuster', designed to break through the last German defensive line west of the Rhine, the "Schlieffen Line" which centered on the Hochwald feature. The first objective of the 2nd Corps attack was to secure the high ground to the south and southeast of Calcar (aka the Calcar - Uedem ridge or TotenHuegel plateau), which was used by the Germans as an advanced zone of resistance for the main Hochwald defence. The Canadians already had gained a foothold on this plateau in the closing days of Op Veritable (see: .http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/47307-veritable-the-canadian-finale-moyland-wood-goch-calcar-road/). In the initial assault the 2nd Corps operated with two infantry divisions up: the 2nd Cdn Inf Div on the left had to capture the high ground between Calcar and Neulouisendorf, while on the right the 3rd Cdn Inf Div was to capture the area around Keppeln and the town of Uedem, which formed the Southern anchor of the Totenhuegel position. As soon as the infantry had secured their objectives the 4th Cdn Armoured Division would pass through and exploit forward to the Hochwald. The 3rd Cdn Inf Div started the attack on a one Bde front. The leading 8th Cdn Inf Bde, consisting of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, Le Régiment de la Chaudiere and The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, was to capture Keppeln which then would serve as a jumping off position for an attack on the town of Uedem by the rest of the 3rd Cdn Inf Div. In this operation, which started in the early hours of 26 February 1945, Sergeant Aubrey Cosens of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his actions at Mooshof. It was the first Victoria Cross to come to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The Canadians were up against paratroopers of the 6th Fallschirmjager Division, who, based on a false sense of superiority, fanatically fought on until the end. The same formation also had been responsible for the defence of Moyland Wood. The headstone of Aubrey Cosens at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in Holland (Casualty Details) P.S. I was able to restore this 'old' thread with courtesy of Pieter F, who made a copy of it for the Dutch STIWOT site.