8 February - 11 March 1945
Following Operation Market Garden, the area at Arnhem stretching from the so-called ‘Island’ at Nijmegen across to the Groesbeek Heights became the front line during the winter of 1944/45.
|Number of Casualties|
|Around 15,634||Around 44,239|
Battle result: Allied Victory
General Bernard Montgomery built up his forces once more and on 8th February 1945 Operation Veritable began with a massive bombardment, the largest since El Alamein in 1942, and tanks and infantry advanced on the Siegfried Line and Reichswald Forest. Despite heavy fighting, a break through was achieved allowing the Allies to advance into the Rhineland and by March 1945 were able to ‘Bounce the Rhine’ with a crossing of the River Rhine between Rees and Wesel, signalling the beginning of the end of the war in Germany.