May 11, 2015

Xanten, March 1945

Xanten is a town in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany. On March 8, 1945 Xanten was taken by Canadian troops and occupied by British. The town was bombed during the Allied preparations for the crossing of the Rhine, which took place on March 24.

43rd Wessex Division troops in the main street of Xanten
43rd Wessex Division troops in the main street of Xanten on 11 March 1945.


The crew of a Sherman tank loading main gun rounds
2. The crew of a Sherman tank of the British 8th Armoured Brigade 
loading main gun rounds near Xanten on 21 March 1945.

5.5 inch gun of 85 Battery
3. 5.5 inch gun of 85 Battery – 11th Medium Regiment, 
firing at night near Xanten during the assault on the Rhine on 24 March 1945.

Landing craft unloaded by a crane on the banks of the Rhine
4. Landing craft unloaded by a crane on the banks of the Rhine below Xanten.

Military police search a group of German POWs
5. Military police search a group of German POWs near Xanten on 24 March 1945.

The advance of the British 43rd Wessex Infantry Division and the Canadian  2nd Infantry Division towards Xanten
6. The advance of the British 43rd Wessex Infantry Division 
and the Canadian 2nd Infantry Division towards Xanten.

Xanten
7. Xanten is a town in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany close to the Dutch border.

Xanten
8. Aerial view of Xanten.


Photos attribution
1. Carpenter (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
2. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit : Smith (Sgt), via Wikimedia Commons
3. Malindine E G (Capt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
4. Oulds, D C (Lt), Royal Navy official photographer, Wikimedia Commons
5. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Travis (Sgt), via Wikimedia Commons
6. Bond, C.C.J., Major. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Roger Duhamel, F.R.S.C., Ottawa, 1966.
8. Bernhard Fischer, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons