Events for Friday 18th November 2011
On This Day in History
WWII: Operation Clipper - Battle for Geilenkirchen18th November 1944
Part of Operation Clipper, the Battle for Geilenkirchen was the first battle on German soil to be fought by the British since Minden in 1759. For them, it was just one more battle on the way to Berlin, but for the American 84th Division, it was a first faltering step into war and a bitter lesson in the attrition and savagery of combat.
Further ReadingAssault on Germany
(Hardback - 176 pages)
by Ken Ford
The Anglo-American battle for the Geilenkirchen salient in November 1944 was infantry warfare at its worst, and it is described in vivid detail in this new edition of Ken Ford’s classic study.
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