The Battle of the Capelsche Veer (Fall Braun)
A small strip of land along the banks of the river Maas, between Sprang Capelle and Dussen.
At the end of 1944, thing didn’t look to good for the Germans. Hitler ordered the preparation for a large offensive in the west. The main objective of this offensive was to capture the port of Antwerp and to cut the Allied force in two parts. The main German advance route was through the Belgium Ardennes. This operation was called "Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein". Later this became know as the Battle of the Bulge. Look at this map to get a complet view.
What is now known to may people, that there was a operation that should support the main German attack through the Belgium Ardennes. This support operation was know as "Fall Braun". Therefore the Germans gathered a large force, north of the river Maas. When the operation started, the German troops advanced through the south of the Netherlands to Antwerp. There was one small problem for the Germans. The river Maas acted as a natural barrier between the Germans in the North and Allied troops in the south. The Germans had three small bridgeheads, south of the river Maas. One of the bridgehead was near a place called "Capelsche Veer". Named after a small ferry, that crossed the river Maas near that point. The bridgehead was heavily defended and had to face a large Allied force in the south of the Netherlands. The bridgehead was mainly occupied by German paratroopers.
At the end of 1944, the preparations of Fall Braun went on and on. But when the Battle of the Bulge started, Hitler decided that the forces of Fall Braun had to go to the area of the Bulge for support. At the end there were very little amount of German forces left in the building up area of Fall Braun.
Thank You for your reply.
Unfortunatly I'can't open the files.
I do know about Capellse Veer.
Lincoln & Welland Rgt was there.
Due to my work and busy schedule for my reenactment group I was not able to go there.
As I understand there every year in Januari they commemorate what happend in winter 1944/1945.
Maybe I'll go this year.
Thanks again for yor info.http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/7087/ ... _braun.htm