From Beachhead to Bridgehead: the Royal Navy’s Role in the Amphibious Assault across the Rhine, Spring 1945

By Ivor Howcroft, published August 1999


During the assault on the Rhine in the spring of 1945, an enterprising unit of assorted naval amphibious craft was attached to the British army, while a similar United States Naval unit supported the US Army. Poor co-operation between the army and the navy contributed to an inefficient use of the force and its contribution was more of a ‘bonus’ than an integral part of the plan. Nevertheless it demonstrated the navy’s inherent ability to improvise and apply itself to a task set before it, however different from that expected.

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Filed under: WW2 | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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