Hoping to demolish the Hoch Elten feature with firepower it was saturated with shellfire. The enemy positions on the hill were submitted to a heavy artillery program, involving all of 2nd Cdn Corps artillery, including the 1st Cdn Rocket unit, and a "pepper-pot". In addition it was targeted several times by medium bombers (Mitchells). The hill was swamped by the shelling, which was so heavy that in some places the contour of the feature had noticeably changed, and little but stumps and shattered trunks remained of the heavy growth of trees which had covered the hill. Over a period of a few days the area had approximately four million rounds on it. The 1st Canadian Rocket Battery firing on this feature proved its efficiency and effectivenes. "The target singled out for the heaviest treatment by the massed 2nd Corps artillery - a Victor target involving every gun in the Corps every ten minutes - is Hoch Elten. When the three-days continuous bombardment of the hill begins, it is thickly covered with forest. Gradually barren spots begin to appear. By the time the last instalments of some four million shells are exploding on it, Hoch Elten resembles the badly shaved head of a female collaborator" : George J. Blackburn in "The Guns of Victory. Above left: a postwar picture of the barren hill with the damaged St.Vitus church on top. To the right: though heavily damaged the St.Vitus Church braved all shellfire; a postwar image. Above and below: Two views of the Hoch Elten feature nowadays Modern Geo Map of the Hoch Elten feature and the village of Elten. Still visible are the German trench systems and dug outs, some of these actually date back to WW1 when German troops guarded the border against the (neutral) Dutch Army. The purple line in the south western corner op the map represents the Dutch-German border (courtesy Bedee).