The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders|
"Keep 'em Moving"
Into Germany, back to Holland
Im Lohr, Mittelburg, Dinxperlo.
|The 51st Highland Division had the (possibly dubious) honour of being the first British troops to carry out the assault across the Rhine to Rees, on the night of 23rd March, 1945. 5th Camerons
would be follow up troops, approximately 4 hours later. Because of the
shelling from the defenders, within a half hour only 12 of the original
30 storm boats were serviceable. This increased the crossing time of
the Camerons threefold. The Defenders would consist of mainly the
respected Parachutists, supported by Panzers.|
The attack in the Mittelburg area was supposed to take place at first light but, due to the delay in crossing the Rhine, it developed into a full daylight attack. The Objectives were a Large Brickworks at Im Lohr. As 5th Camerons advanced, the defending Germans would make use of the tunnels they had created in the Kilns, popping up behind the Camerons, in an area the Camerons thought they had cleared. Visiting the area with veteran Richard Massey, on May 5th, 2006, we found the brickworks. Richard Massey explained how he heard German voices in the actual kilns and crept up and managed to close and lock the door. He then realised he needed help to get them out again, " I was just 19 years old and scared to death". There were 17 German parachutists in there, not all of whom would surrender.
The Brick kilns at Im Lohr, in the Mittelburg area.
Richard Massey, ex Anti - tank 5th Camerons, at the Brickworks, May 2006
The Kilns and the two remaining chimneys at the Brickworks.
The doorway and type of Door that Richard Massey managed to close on the German paratroops occupying it.
(watch the video of Richard Massey's return to the Brickworks here)
|On the night of 27th March 1945, 5th Camerons moved out of the Mittelburg area, for the attack on Isselburg. By 02.00 hours the North end of Isselberg and the bridge leading out of it, was taken. 5th Camerons suffered heavy shelling during 28th March, but that night they attacked northwards, resulting with 5th Camerons being firmly established on the line of the canal facing Dinxperlo. Dinxperlo was back in Holland. At 21.00 hours, 29th March 1945, 154th Brigade of 51st Highland Division attacked Dinxperlo. 5th Camerons had taken 145 prisoners at Isselburg.|
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