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The Rhine Crossing !!

Article about: On the 24th March 2010 it will be the 65th Anniversary of the Rhine Crossing , Operation Plunder the Infantry assault across the Rhine and Operation Varsity the Airborne assault over the Rhi

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    On the 24th March 2010 it will be the 65th Anniversary of the Rhine Crossing , Operation Plunder the Infantry assault across the Rhine and Operation Varsity the Airborne assault over the Rhine .

    I am taking a Tour party to the area of the Rhine crossing for the anniversary including members of 6th Airborne Division , 12 Para and the 2nd Ox and Bucks and also members of the 8 Royal Scots of 15th Scottish Divison.

    Has any member any knowledge of any official commemorations that will be taking place ?

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    I shall ask my friend who are in touch with some Varsity veterans, as I am sure that coming March there is something going on

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    Thanks Phil the vets haven't been notified of anything via their Regimental Associations.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    I have a bit of an odd question.

    I have a family claim to fame, and am not sure of its authenticity.

    My great Uncle has told a number of his close relatives that he was driving the first tank that crossed the Rhine.

    Does anyone know which regiment/outfit was the first across ?

    I am intrigued to either support or dispel this family story

    Cheers

    Steve T

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    Steve the first troops across on Op Plunder the ground Op were from the 51st Highland Div led by the Black Watch at 9pm 23/4/3/45 at Rees followed at 2am 24/3 by 15th Scottish Div between Rees and Wesel , they crossed in Buffalos , an Amphibious Armoured tracked Carrier from 79th Armoured Div ( Hobarts Funnies ).

    The first conventional Tank i'm not sure who that was i'll have to check,

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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