April 24, 2015

Geilenkirchen. November, 1944

Geilenkirchen is a German town in north Rhine-Westphalia, near the Dutch border. It is located some twelve miles north of Aachen. In November 1944 it was the site of Operation Clipper, which was launched by the British XXX Corps, which at the time included the American 84th Infantry Division. Nowadays the town is home to NATO Air Base “Geilenkirchen”.

November 18 – 25, 1944

Repairing the track on a Sherman tank
Repairing the track on a Sherman tank.


Churchill AVRE
2. A Churchill AVRE of the 617th Assault Squadron.

Infantrymen on a Sherman tank
3. Infantrymen of the 43rd Wessex Division on a Sherman tank.

Universal carriers of 43rd Wessex Division
4. Universal carriers of the 43rd Wessex Division advance along a muddy lane.

Churchills advancing towards Geilenkirchen
5. Churchills advancing towards Geilenkirchen.

Tank obstacle of the Siegfried line
6. Tank obstacle of the Siegfried Line near Geilenkirchen.

Advances made by the 21st Army Group between September and December 1944
7. Advances made by the 21st Army Group between September and December 1944. 

The battle for Geilenkirchen.The Allied view.


The battle for Geilenkirchen.The German view.


NATO Air Base “Geilenkirchen”
8. NATO Air Base “Geilenkirchen”.


Photos attribution
1. Hewitt (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
2. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Stewart (Maj), via Wikimedia Commons
3. Hewitt (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
4. Carpenter (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
5., 7. US Army Official History, via Wikimedia Commons
6. Markus Schweiss (Self-photographed), via Wikimedia Commons
8. Borsi112 (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons