Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Owen, Feb 8, 2010.
There are numerous maps in the volume, including this general one of the battlefield.
Map from History of the 15th (Scottish) Division:
Their casualties for the battle:
Nice to see photos of the funnies. Got a great film from the IWM Archives which shows them moving forward, plus troops and also burned out frames of Gliders in the background. Sadly can't show it as it's stamped with the IWM copyright.
That looks like a very interesting read. Am going on a battlefield tour in a few day's to the Reichswald on foot. Reading the Peter Elstob book to get a sort of feel for the area.
14th February 1945 4th & 5th Wilts attack to south of Bedburg .
5th Wilts lose all Officers except Major Dottridge, including CO, Maj Hyde.
Total casualties for Op Veritable to that date 188.
Casualties & POW.s
The Canadian Army took 22,000 Prisoners of War with an estimated 22,000 killed and seriously wounded. The American Army took 29,000 Prisoners of War with another 16,000 estimated killed and long-term wounded.
Since the 26th September 1944, after the withdrawal from ARNHEM, the British and American Armies in the 21st Army Group had taken 196,000 prisoners and destroyed 530 Tanks and SP guns.
British and Canadian casualties from the 8th February to 10th March were; 2532 killed, 11,104 wounded and 1464 missing. Total 15,100.
Ninth U.S Army casualties from the 23rd February to 10th March were; 1340 killed, 5839 wounded and 299 missing. Total 7,478.
19th Feb '45
Capture of Goch is completed by 15th Scottish & 51st Highland Divs.
23rd February 1945, US Ninth Army are able to launch Operarion Grenade & successfully cross the Roer.
The 9th U.S. Army to attack north-eastwards with its right on the general line JULISH-DUSSELDORF (OPERATION GRENADE”).
The 2nd Army to hold in the centre and to cross the Meuse in the VENLO area when ordered.
The operations of the 9th U.S. Army were to be supported by the left wing of the 12th Army Group. It may be noted that the original plan did not provide for OPERATION “GRENADE”, nor for the inclusion of the 9th U.S. Army in the 21st Army Group, although the 12th Army was to have made a concurrent thrust towards the Rhine farther to the south.
I found two maps in the February War Diary of the following Unit relating to the disposition of Allied Troops from the German Intelligence point of view and the actual disposition of Allied Forces just prior to Operation Veritable.
First map from the German point of view as at 6 February1945. As it is difficult to locate place names from the actual map, Nijmegen is located at the tip of the circle around the words "2 CDN DIVS".
The 2nd map is actual Allied Dispositions as at 3/4 February 1945. Nijmegen on this map is located where the tip of the circle is around the words "3 CAN INF".
Separate names with a comma.