Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats
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Weurt
1944

Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats

Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats
Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats

On September 19 1944 the allied troops come to a complete standstill near Nijmegen. Main goal was to conquer the bridges across the river Waal, but the Germans were hard to defeat. In order to reach their goals the Americans commandeer every floating object to get across the river.

Busy river
Inland shipping is these days an important element in the Dutch transport sector. The Waal is itself one of the busiest rivers for navigation. However, during the Second World War there were no Dutch barges or container ships sailing here, but just rowing boats carrying soldiers. As a precaution, the Germans had laid explosive charges on the road and rail bridges in September of 1944. The Germans held the bridges, and thought the Allies would be unable to cross the river Waal.

Crossing
On September 19 1944, heavy fighting took place between American and German troops, south of the road and rail bridges. The next day, September 20th, began one of the most celebrated and heroic river crossings of the war.

Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats
Weurt – The Americans commandeer private boats

De Amerikanen vorderen burgerbootjes

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