Rhineland 45 - Virtual Battlefield Tour

Rhineland 45 - Virtual Battlefield Tour

In a year where travelling is a bigger challenge than usual, we're offering an exciting interactive virtual battlefield tour of the Rhineland battlefield blending traditional archive material, historic photography and film, contemporary mapping and veteran testimony with the very latest technology.

During the Rhineland Campaign of 1945, from February 27 to March 3, II Canadian Corps struggled to break through the infamous Hochwald Gap against determined German defenders. Operation Blockbuster was meant to be the final push to break German resistance west of the northern Rhine river, and to capture the intact bridges at Wesel. German paratroopers and Panzers stubbornly defended the line against repeated attacks by Canadian armour and infantry in what some have called the heaviest fighting on the Western Front since Normandy. One of the largest tank battles in Canadian history, the assault on the Gap also proved to be costly and controversial. This action was featured in the documentary film Rhineland 45, and the virtual tour will explore the forest and the Gap with the help of drone footage, maps, and archival photographs.


Online Event
Sunday 30th May 19:30 GMT+1 (14:30 EDT)