Antiaircraft Dispositions Rhine River Crossing of XV Corps Seventh United States Army 26th March to 28th March 1945
Operational plan of the XV Corps crossing of the Rhine River in March, 1945.
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An army on the move is one that is vulnerable, especially so at major river crossings. World War II was no different – the large masses of static troops make excellent targets for strafing enemy fighters and bombers.
Anti-aircraft units played a critical role in the defense of such critical points, such as the one along the banks of the Rhine River in late March of 1945. There, AA units attached to the United States XV Corps were spread in a defensive perimeter along roughly 10 miles of river while armored, infantry and support divisions made the crossing.
This map shows the disposition of these defensive units and their corresponding weaponry. A list of the participants is available on the left side of the sheet, while a detailed narrative of the three day period is provided on the right. Army, corps, and divisional insignia are also illustrated in full color. These are labeled individually by hand, presumably by a prior owner and veteran of the war. Further script notes that the “[battery headquarters] were set up in the town of Ham.”
Publication Date: 1945
Author: 666th Engineer Topographic Company
Sheet Width (in): 26.00
Sheet Height (in): 21.90
Condition Description: The map is in good condition. There is some creasing along fold lines and several spots of moderate foxing on both sides of the sheet. Several notes, in pen, made by a previous owner regarding map details.
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