November 25, 2015

Uedem, 1945

Uedem is a German municipality in the district of Cleves, in North Rhine-Westphalia, near Netherlands. Uedem was heavily bombed during the Allied preparations for the crossing of the Rhine; 85% of the town was destroyed.

A Cromwell tank of 11th Armoured Division advances through the rubble of Uedem
1. A Cromwell tank of 15th/19th king’s Royal Hussars, 11th Armoured Division,
with infantry onboard, advances through the rubble of uedem on February 28, 1945.


Sherman tanks of the 4th County of London Yeomanry in Uedem
2. Shermans of the 4th County of London Yeomanry in Uedem on February 28, 1945.

A Canadian soldier escorts captured German parachute troops
3. A Canadian soldier escorts captured German paratroopers on February 28, 1945.

Sherman Firefly tank seen through an archway
4. A Sherman Firefly seen through an archway on March 1, 1945.

Infantry of the British Monmouthshire Regiment cook a meal in a forward position
5. Soldiers of the British Monmouthshire Regiment cook a meal in
a forward position outside Uedem. The action takes place on March 1, 1945.

An infantryman asleep in his foxhole
6. An infantryman of the same Regiment asleep in his foxhole.

CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) trucks passing through Uedem
7. CMP (Canadian Military Pattern) Trucks passing through Uedem on March 2, 1945.

Under Operation “Blockbuster” the First Canadian Army advanced through the Hochwald forested ridge towards Xanten
8. Operation “Blockbuster” took place between February 22 and March 10, 1945. Under “Blockbuster” the First Canadian Army advanced through the Hochwald forested ridge towards Xanten. The ultimate goal of the operation was for the Anglo-Canadian forces to link up with the Americans at Berendonk. Uedem was seized by elements of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division and the British 11th Armoured Division. 

9. Uedem is located between Goch and Xanten.


Photos attribution
1., 2. Hutchinson (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
3., 7. Carpenter (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit , via Wikimedia Commons
4. No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
5., 6.  Jones (Sgt), No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, via Wikimedia Commons
8. Bond, C.C.J., Major. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Roger Duhamel, F.R.S.C., Ottawa, 1966.
9. https://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright