April 14, 2015

Crossing the Weser River

After crossing the Rhine on March 23, 1945 the British Second Army headed across northern Germany towards Osnabrück. The 11th Armoured Division crossed the Rhine on March 28 and headed for the Weser river. The leading elements of the Division reached the river on April 5.

Comet tank
1. A Comet tank of 11th Armoured Division in the Weser bridgehead on April 7, 1945.


Drainage basin of the Weser River
2. Drainage basin of the Weser River. The Weser is formed by the confluence of
the Fulda and Werra rivers, it flows through Lower Saxony and is emptying into the North Sea.

Petershagen
3. Petershagen is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Carriers of the 1st Herefordshire's anti-tank platoon
4. Carriers of the 1st Herefordshire’s anti-tank platoon move up towards the Weser.

6-pdr anti-tank gun
5. A 6-pdr anti-tank gun.

The crew of a Universal carrier
6. The crew of a Universal carrier fitted with a Vickers medium machine gun of 7th Royal Northumberland Fusiliers of the 59th (Staffordshire) Division near the Weser.

Comet tanks of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, 11th Armoured Division, in the Weser bridgehead

Comet tanks
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Comet tanks
8. Comet tanks of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry crossing the Weser
at Petershagen on April 7, 1945.

Comet tank with infantry onboard
9. Comet tanks of the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry crossing the Weser
at Petershagen on April 7, 1945.

Comet tanks
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Comet tank
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Comet tank
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Comet tank
13. Comets of 23rd Hussars advancing through the Weser bridgehead.

Fife and Forfar Yeomanry 1955 Guidon
14. Fire and Forfar Yeomanry 1955 Guidon.


Photos attribution
1., 4.-13.  Laing (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
2. NordNordWest, via Wikimedia Commons
3. Wikid77, via Wikimedia Commons
14. PD-BritishGov, via Wikimedia Commons