Military history

The Rhine Crossing: Operations Flashpoint & Varsity

The Rhine Crossing: Operations Flashpoint & Varsity

By Spring 1945, with the Russians closing fast on Berlin from the East, the US and British Armies of Patton and Montgomery were faced with one major hurdle, the Rhine. Heavily defended by the Nazis, this obstacle would only be crossed by a massive operation requiring meticulous planning and bold execution.

The resulting operation involving 29 divisions was outstandingly successful. This book follows the river crossings by 30th and 79th US Divisions, codenamed Operation FLASHPOINT and the airdrop by 17th US Airborne Division (VARSITY).

Chapter 1. THE ADVANCE TOWARDS GERMANY

Chapter 2. PLANNING OPERATION VARSITY

Chapter 3. NINTH US ARMY PLANS OPERATION FLASHPOINT

Chapter 4. XVI CORPS CROSSES THE RHINE

Chapter 5. 17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION – Thunder From Heaven

Chapter 6. XVI CORPS’ ADVANCE ACROSS THE RAILWAYS

Chapter 7. 17TH AIRBORNE DIVISION SECURES ITS PERIMETER

Chapter 8. 25 MARCH – ENTERING STAATSFORST WESEL

Chapter 9. 26 MARCH – THE BATTLE FOR THE FOREST

Chapter 10. 27 MARCH – BREAKING FREE FROM THE WOODS

Chapter 11. 28 MARCH – OPERATION PLUNDER BEGINS

Chapter 12. TOURING THE BATTLEFIELD