British and Canadian Infantry of 1st Canadian Army capture Kleve (Cleve) Germany during World War 2
Kleve Germany Date:1945, February 11 Duration:3 min 30 sec Sound:Yes
Artillery batteries of British and Canadian forces, under command of Field Marshal Montgomery, bombard German positions on the German-Dutch border.British artillery firing BL 4.5 inch Medium Guns and 155mm heavy guns, in an 11 hour bombardment of German positions east of Nijmegen, Netherlands. Snow covers the ground. A British Land Mattress rocket launcher firing a salvo of 3-inch rockets. I Infantry of 1st Canadian Army, under command of General H.T.G Crerar, march toward an area between the Mars and Rhine rivers. They move through forest of the Reichswald, where they encounter Siegfried Line obstacles. British and Canadian tanks using heavy chain mine flails are seen beating their way through mine fields. Infantry in single file silhouetted against a light sky. Canadian Sherman tanks advancing with infantry. One is labeled "Spitfire II." Churchill tanks and heavy vehicles advance, including Churchill AVRE fascine mat-laying vehicles and Churchill ARKs (Armoured Ramp Carriers). Sherman tanks pass, including one named "Diana." British Armor pushing through rain-soaked and partly flooded towns towing BL 4.5 guns. They reach Kleve (formerly spelled Cleve) on February 11, 1945. Roadside sign reads: "Reichs-Grenze"(Border of Germany). Sherman tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade firing point blank on city street in Kleve. British troops taking cover behind tank destroyer moving slowly along street. Large number of German prisoners of war being marched to an assembly area. British infantry continuing their advance toward Goch, Germany.
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