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An Allied Sherman Tank supporting a Flail attachment to detonate landmines. A.K.A The Crab!
Continuing off from the last blog…
An illustration of the Hochwald Gap, showing the winding hills creating a narrow path with a forest on both sides and small barns scattered throughout the landscape.
After the Canadian took Calcar Ridge and the events of the tank assault in the town of Udem. The tank units would now enter the Hochwald Gap. The battlefield would consist of the forest a narrow muddy pathway surrounded by dense forest on either side.
The Canadians would only get halfway up the Gap until being bombarded by enemy fire from the sides. This meant the tank unit would have to venture into the forest and clear out any enemy positions in order to continue. Travel in a wooded area for tanks isn’t favourable as it forces the tanks to stick close together and open to ambushes. One of their biggest fears was the single German infantry solider that wielded a rocket launcher. These rocket launchers, or Panzfaust’s, would destroy tank easily with one shot. Heres and demonstration of the devastation a single shot can deal on a tank!
The tanks were having trouble clearing the forest and would have a large array of artillery bombardment strikes clear out the remaining German defensives in the forest. The Canadians would then get back the Gap and continue the fight forward. The Germans would fight back fiercely and fight back with their own waves of far superior tanks, the battle would last days and light up the night skies with tracer rounds and explosions.
Luckily the Canadians were aided by Allied Typhoon bombers from above. The planes would dive in with deafening roaring engines and shoot their rockets at the enemy. In the heat of battle, there were also reports of Typhoons firing upon their own Allied tanks by mistake. With the recent assistance with air support, the Canadian Infantry and Tank units were able to knock out the remaining enemy tanks and drove the Germans back into the city of Xanten.
Examples of Typhoon Fighters shooting rockets at ground targets.
With further aid from air support, the Canadians and the British were able to capture the city of Xanten and its surrounding bridges. The German fought back hard but later succumb after intense allied aerial bombardment leaving 85% of the city in ruin.
Allied Canadian and British Troops in Xanten after capturing it.
The Canadians could now place attention back on the Netherlands and allow the British and Americans to venture further through the Rhineland into the heart of Germany. Their next objective was the city of Arnhem…