Rhine Crossing : Operation Plunder   [ Content Tag Results ]

During March 1945 the Division Crossed the Rhine in Operation Plunder.

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Overview
In Brief

An introduction to the history of the 51st Highland Division.

At rest nr Mook

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At rest nr Mook
March '45

152 Infantry Brigade at rest near Mook in March 1945 prior to Operation Plunder and the crossing of the Rhine.

Rhine Crossing<br/>Operation Plunder

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Rhine Crossing
Operation Plunder
Mar 1945

The Operation to cross the Rhine was to be called Operation Plunder. The Plan for Operation Plunder was to cross on a two corps front with 51st Highland division on the left leading 30 Corps. The Divisional objectives on the other side of the Rhine were Honnepel and Rees.

Palthe's Rhine Crossing

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Palthe's Rhine Crossing
Mar '45

A set of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe, interpreter attached to 152 Int. Brig. showing scenes from his crossing of the Rhine during Operation Plunder. Presumed to be with the 5th Seaforth at dawn on the 25 Mar '45.

 

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PIOBAIREACHD
51st Highland Division Newsletter

PIOBAIREACHD was the name given to the 51st Highland Division newsletter which was produced from 14 June 1944.

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Capture of Goch, concluding operations
Goch, Reichswald, 20th - 28th Feb 1945

Capture of Goch and concluding stages of Operation Veritable - taken from "The history of the 154 Infantry Brigade in North West Europe". (Goch, Reichswald)

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154 Brigade - Operation Plunder - Rhine Crossing
March 1945

An account of 154 Brigade's crossing of the Rhine in Operation Plunder, March 1945. This extract is taken from the 154 Brigade History.

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Clearing Gennep and Goch
Operation Plunder, Rhine Crossing, March 1945

"Notes on Town Clearing", written by Lt Col JA GRANT-PETERKIN, DSO, O.C., 1 GORDONS, on the experiences of a Battalion which took part in clearing two large towns, GENNEP and GOCH, against a determined and organised enemy...

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Extracts from Op Plunder Planning Notes
Rhine Crossing, March 1945

Notes written on the experience of a Battalion which took part in the clearing to two large towns during Operation Plunder (Rhine Crossing) March 1945.

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Rhine Crossing - Albert Bellamy Account
March 1945

An account of the Rhine Crossing by Albert Bellamy; Published in a local newspaper and kindly provided to us by Trooper Bellamy's Daughter.

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Main HQ comment on "Town Clearing"
Gennep / Goch, Rhine Crossing, March 1945

Additional note from Main HQ relating to "Notes on Town Clearing" written by Lt Col JA GRANT-PETERKIN, DSO, O.C., 1 GORDONS which detailed operations to clear Gennep and Goch during Operation Plunder, Rhine Crossing, March 1945.

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5/7th Gordons - Operation Plunder
Rhine Crossing, 17th - 28th March 1945

Operation "Plunder" - The Rhine Crossing. An extract from 5/7th Gordons War Diary.

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152 Brigade - Operation Plunder - Attack on Groin
Late March 1945

152 Brigade Operations during Operation Plunder - the Rhine Crossing - and the attack on Groin

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Attack on Groin, 5th Seaforth
Late March 1945

An account of the attack on Groin (Rhine Crossing - Operation Plunder) by 5th Seaforth Highlanders, taken with kind permission from "Battalion" by Alastair Borthwick.

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Appreciation of Major General Rennie
The Rhine Crossing, March 1945

Appreciation of Major General T. G. Rennie, C.B., D.S.O., M.B.E. written on 31 March by the Commandeer of the 2nd Army, Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Dempsey. Major General Rennie was killed by a shell during Operation Plunder - The crossing of the Rhine. March 1945.

 
Major General Rennie GOC

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Major General Rennie GOC
2 September 1944

Major General T G Rennie, GOC 51st (Highland) Division, in a jeep in Rouen, 2 September 1944.

152 HQ at rest nr Mook

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152 HQ at rest nr Mook
March 1945

This photos shows 152 Brig. HQ at rest near Mook prior to Operation Plunder and the Rhine-Crossing, March 1945.

152 Officers, nr Mook

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152 Officers, nr Mook
Mook, March 1945

Photo of Officers from 152nd who stayed at "Castle Embourg" with the Laloux family in Dec '44 whilst their home housed 152 HQ. This photo matches the scene of a larger group photo which was placed at Mook nr Nijmegen during a rest period prior to the Rhine Crossing in March '45. The reverse carries signatures which match the handwritten list of Officers who stayed at Castle Embourg that was sent to us by Georges Laloux in 2009. George was 12 years old in Dec '44. This new photo was subsequently found by Georges' younger sister.

A Buffalo comes ashore, Rhine, 1945

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A Buffalo comes ashore, Rhine, 1945
Rhine, March 1945

1st Black Watch, Buffalo comes ashore.

At rest nr Mook (reverse)

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At rest nr Mook (reverse)
At rest nr. Mook, 1945

This is the handwritten annotation on the reverse of a photo taken by Bertold R. van Wulfften Palthe, an interpreter attached to 152 Brig.

The caption reads "HQ 152 Inf. Brig. 51st (Highland) Division, 2nd Army, at rest near Mook before Rhine-crossing. Which I served as Interpreter from Oct/Nov 1944 until 17/18 April, when I was wounded near Bremen."

HD 81 Sign

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HD 81 Sign
Reichswald, Mar '45

Taken by B.R. van Wullften Palthe, Corps. Tolken (Interpreter) attached to 152 Brig. in March 1945. The handwritten caption reads "This is a typical scene in Reichswald" (translated).

At ease around a dug out, Rhine, Mar 1945

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At ease around a dug out, Rhine, Mar 1945
Rhine, 23rd March 1945.

Men of 2nd Seaforth, 51st Highland division, at ease around a dug out on the west bank of the Rhine. 23rd March 1945.

Black Watch and Kangaroo

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Black Watch and Kangaroo
23rd March 1945

On the night of 23rd March 1945 men of the three Black Watch battalions in the 51st Highland Division were ferried across the Rhine under cover of artillery barrage and a massive smoke screen. They are seen here moving forward in 'Kangaroos'. The HD 69 signifies the 7th Battalion. Little opposition was met before they were established on the far bank. The credit for being the first British troops across the Rhine fell to this battalion. The term 'Kangaroo' was applied to converted tanks and gun platforms like the hulls of Shermans and Priests which were converted into infantry armoured personal carries from Normandy onwards.

Palthe, Rhine, #1

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Palthe, Rhine, #1
23rd March 1945

Photo taken by B.R. van Wolfften Palthe, Interpreter attached to 152 Brig. The annotation reads "At the radio car we heard on 24-3-45 (Bert'jes birth-date) "Our troops this morning crossed the Rhine"." (Bert was Palthe's second Son who was born on that same day but he would not meet him for several months due to being injury by shrapnel on 17/18 April 1945.

Palthe, Rhine, #10

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Palthe, Rhine, #10
23 Mar 1945

"Buffalo" emerging from the Rhine during Operation Plunder, 23 Mar 1945.

Palthe, Rhine, #2

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Palthe, Rhine, #2
Rhine Crossing, Mar 45

Annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo". Taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe, Interpreter attached to 152 Brig., as he crossed the Rhine, 23 Mar '45.

Palthe, Rhine, #3

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Palthe, Rhine, #3
Rhine Crossing, Mar 45

Annotation reads "led by the skipper" and forms part of a series of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the series reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #4

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Palthe, Rhine, #4
Rhine Crossing, Mar 45

Annotation reads "... to Rees" and forms part of a set of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the set reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #5

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Palthe, Rhine, #5
23 Mar 45

Part of a series taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. In full, the annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #6

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Palthe, Rhine, #6
March 1945

Annotation reads "... also are crossing" and forms part of a series of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the series reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #7

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Palthe, Rhine, #7
March 1945

Photo taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. Shows a "Duck" crossing the Rhine some distance from the "Buffalo" in which Palthe crossed. The "Duck" (DUKW) was an six-wheeled amphibious vehicle which had no mounted guns. This photo is part of a series with the full annotation "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #8

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Palthe, Rhine, #8
Rhine Crossing, Mar 45

Taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. Shows an amphibious armoured vehicle crossing a short distance the "Buffalo" in which Palthe crossed. The full annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."

Palthe, Rhine, #9

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Palthe, Rhine, #9
Rhine Crossing, Mar 45

"Big heavy pads are required in order to hold the load when climbing out." Taken by B.R. van Wofften Palthe, crossing the Rhine with 152 Brig.

Map of Operation Plunder

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Map of Operation Plunder
March 1945

Photograph of an original 51st Highland Division map for Operation Plunder

Self Propelled Gun on Raft

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Self Propelled Gun on Raft
24th March 1945

An Archer 17-pdr self propelled gun of Highland Division Anti Tank Regiment being loaded onto a raft. An RAF balloon winch is seen in the foreground. Sgt. Palmer 24th March 1945.

Royal Artillery Battery

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Royal Artillery Battery
27th March 1945

The 5.5 inch guns of 235 and 336 Medium Batteries Royal Artillery line up to fire in support of the Rhine Crossing. 27th March 1945.

Sketch Map of Groin, March 1945

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Sketch Map of Groin, March 1945
March 1945

Sketch map showing key features of the attack on Groin

Gen. Cassels

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Gen. Cassels
Debriefing after Rhine-crossing

This photos shown General Cassels, 152 Brig., throwing a ball (perhaps playing Cricket?). The handwritten caption is hard to read and is not written in English but it appears to suggest this was taken after a debriefing on the Rhine-crossing, March 1945.

Major Hugh Robertson

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Major Hugh Robertson
5th Seaforth

This photograph of Major Hugh Robertson was sent to us by his Daughter, Linda Jane McLean, after reading Alastair Borthwick's account of the 5th Seaforth's 'Attack on Groin' in which Hugh Robertson is referred to in several sections in his role as O.C. "C" Company.