Looking for British or Canadian and German units fighting in factory/industrial areas, NWE, 1944-45

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  1. Bayonet Productions

    Bayonet Productions Lead Researcher


    This might be a long shot. Does anyone know of accounts or actual fighting over industrial areas during late 44 through 45? Such as the many cities taken in Holland, Belgium and Germany?

    Looking for:
    Units involved both British or Canadian and Germans.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance in this! I have searched factory with only one find regarding fighting. Which was in Kervinheim with 185th Brigade.
  2. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Charles Kipp in his memoir, Because we are Canadian, describes in detail some factory fighting in Bergen Op Zoom by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. This was late October, 1944.

    Stolpi has also covered some of this in his Rhine Crossing threads. Specifically, the Canadian Scottish fighting in the brick works west of Emmerich on March 30, 1945.
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  3. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    29th August - 17th Sept 1944
    US 2nd, 8th and 29th Infantry Div, 2 Btns of Rangers, French Forces of the Interior
    German 266th and 343 Infantry Div, 2nd Parachute Div
  4. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    Reardon, Mark J., ‘Aschaffenburg, 1945: Cassino on the Main River’, in Antal, John and Gericke, Bradley, (eds), City Fights: Selected Histories of Urban Combat from World War II to Vietnam, Ballantine Books, New York, 2003. There is a US Army publication on this link: https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a212023.pdf I have not checked to see in factories featured.

    Another book: Michael C. Desch, (ed.), Soldiers in Cities: Military Operations on Urban Terrain, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, 2001

    It might be worth asking the historians @ West Point via: Urban Warfare Project - Modern War Institute

    How about the German defence of fortified cities aka the Channel Ports which were taken. See: German World War II strongholds - Wikipedia
  5. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Such as Brest - see my earlier post

    Plenty of Soviet V German fighting in industrial areas in the period including the final assault on Vienna when the Red artillery was in factory areas
  6. Bayonet Productions

    Bayonet Productions Lead Researcher

    Thanks for the replies, looking for British and Canadian actions.
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  7. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Look at Operation Pheasant, October 1944, which saw the capture of s'Hertogenbosch and other major Dutch towns (Tilburg, Breda). Operation Pheasant - Wikipedia
  8. ceolredmonger

    ceolredmonger Member

    Operation Stack could be worth a look. It was intended to take the Colombelles steelworks North of Caen before Op. Goodwood. I think it was 5th Black Watch (but don't quote me). Iirc it failed and was counterattacked as the fighting got into the built up area.
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  9. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Liberation of Arnhem in April 1945 by the 49th Division started in the eastern industrial area of the town: Liberation of Arnhem - Wikipedia

    Fight for Mittelburg brickworks near Rees (March 1945): RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')

    If you are looking for early 1945 urban battles (Rhineland) I suggest:

    - Cleve (Feb 45): VERITABLE 1945: 15th Scottish & 43rd Wessex Divisions in the Reichswald battle
    - Gennep (Feb 45): VERITABLE 1945: 51st Highland Division Reichswald Forest
    - Goch (Feb 45): VERITABLE 1945: 51st Highland Division Reichswald Forest
    - Rees (March 45): RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')
    - Emmerich (March 45): RHINE CROSSING 1945: The Rees bridgehead (30 Corps in operation 'Turnscrew')

    ... and then there is the Canadian fight for the city of:

    - Groningen (13 - 16 April 45): Tour of Northeast Holland and Tour of Northeast Holland and Tour of Northeast Holland

    - Zutphen (April 45) would also be an interesting subject to study
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  10. Bayonet Productions

    Bayonet Productions Lead Researcher

    Thank you very much! I have been reading your excellent threads on Veritable. I might have questions in the future. ;)
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  11. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Brick Factory between Driel and Heteren on "The Island"
    1st to 4th October 1944
    7 Hampshires & Kampfgruppe Oelker
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  12. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Not to forget the attempt by 4 KSLI to secure a bridgehead across the Albert Canal in Antwerp from 4 - 7 Sep 44. Assault river crossing and then intense fighting in a factory area for 3 days, then a well executed withdrawal.


  13. klambie

    klambie Senior Member

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