Crossing the Roer River, 23–28 February 1945

William C. Sylvan and Francis G. Smith

in Normandy to Victory

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135038 | DOI:
Crossing the Roer River, 23–28 February 1945

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This chapter provides an account of the crossing of the Roer River, which was preceded by artillery barrage, and details a coordinated attack of the 8th and 104th Divs that stunned or killed the enemy. It describes the progress made by the Ninth Army in its two Corps' attack across the Roer and accounts the movements of the VIII and XII Corps of the Third Army, who faced practically no resistance at all. The chapter reports that the 1st Div established a firm bridgehead over the Roer, completing 1 Bailey and 1 Class 40 Treadway Bridge and captured six towns. It further reports that the 18th Inf took over Stockheim from VII Corps—a change in the boundary having been made the previous night by General Collins—and advanced a mile during the night to take over Jokol–Wullesheim.

Keywords: Roer River; 104th Div; Ninth Army; VIII Corps; Third Army; Stockheim; General Collins; Jokol–Wullesheim

Chapter.  4132 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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