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  Operation Varsity - Biocrawler
Operation Varsity was an airborne operation towards the end of World War II, intended to gain a foothold across the River Rhine.
The operation took place on 24 March 1945 and involved the British 6th Airborne Division and the US 17th Airborne Division.
The operation saw the first use of the C-46 Commando transport aircraft operating with the reliable C-47 Skytrain of previous airborne operations.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Operation_Varsity   (145 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Operation Varsity
Operation Varsity was an airborne operation towards the end of World War II, intended to gain a foothold across the River Rhine in western Germany as a part of Operation Plunder.
The operation took place on 24 March 1945, led by the British 6th Airborne Division (including Canadian troops) with Lt. R.M. Nelson, KIA leading a small company across the River Maas, and the US 17th Airborne Division, in concert with a ground offensive.
Operation Varsity one of the missions in Medal of Honor: Airborne as well.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Operation-Varsity   (2151 words)

  
 Operation Varsity - Allied Airborne Crossing of the Rhine 1945
Operation Varsity was the Allied (British, Canadian and American) airborne operation that took place at Wesel, Germany on March 24th 1945.
The purpose of the operation was to gain a foothold across the Rhine, so that Allied forces could cross into Germany and bring the Second World War to a successful conclusion.
The operation was the largest airborne operation in history, and involved the British 6th Airborne Division (which included a Canadian Parachute Battalion), and the US 17th Airborne Division.
www.operationvarsity.com   (165 words)

  
 TheHistoryNet | World War II | Operation Varsity: Allied Airborne Assault Over the Rhine River
Operation Varsity, the Allied airborne assault over the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany, on March 24, 1945, is one of those military actions whose value has sometimes been questioned.
In addition to all the problems inherent in a complicated operation such as the Rhine crossing, the Allied commanders were somewhat distracted by the continuous bickering that went on in the American and British high command.
Operation Plunder was set in motion on the night of March 22, 1945, just as Montgomery had planned, and the land elements began to move toward the Rhine.
www.historynet.com /magazines/world_war_2/3029416.html   (1175 words)

  
 glider.htm   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Operation Dragoon Charles Doyle, of the 509, describes the 509's actions during the first day of the Invasion of Southern France.
Operation Market Garden - Glen Derber, of the 501 PIR, captures the experiences of an airborne machine gunner fighting in Holland through an extraordinary diary that he was able to maintain during the war.
The squadron was tasked in Operation VARSITY, the crossing of the Rhine and invasion of Wesel, Germany.
home.earthlink.net /~preese125/family/hays/dshays/glider.htm   (302 words)

  
 Operation Dragoon - Allied Invasion of Southern France 1944
Operation Dragoon was the Allied invasion of southern France that took place on August 15th 1944.
After the landing, the Germans rapidly retreated, and the principal obstacle to the Allied advance was lack of supplies, especially vehicle fuel, rather than German opposition.
Nevertheless, the Operation Dragoon force met up with the Allied forces advancing from Normandy in mid-September in the vicinty of Dijon.
www.operationdragoon.com   (195 words)

  
 Operation Varsity
The airborne phase of the assault was codenamed Varsity and was originally also to include the 13th Airborne Division, but a lack of available aircraft precluded the division’s use.
The task assigned to the airborne forces was to seize the high ground near the Diersfordter Forest plus several small bridges across the Issel River at Hamminkeln, parallel to and about ten miles to the east of the Rhine itself.
The British 6th Airborne would be dropped in the northern half of sector, while the 17th Airborne would operate in the southern half.
www.wwiiadt.com /Airborne_history/varsity.htm   (1751 words)

  
 Operation Varsity   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Operation Varsity was an airborne operation towards the end of World War II, intended to gain a foothold across the River Rhine.
It was the largest airborne operation in history.
The operation took place on 24 March 1945 and involved the British 6th Airborne Division and the US 17th Airborne Division.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/o/op/operation_varsity.html   (82 words)

  
 The Glider Pilot Regiment 1942-1945 - The Operations
Operation 'Varsity' was the final attempt to winkle out the last segments of German defence and to strike for Berlin.
This operation was the glider-borne section of a 1st Parachute Brigade assault on the Primasole Bridge.
The aim of this operation was to land troops and equipment at Megara to assist in the liberation and occupation of Athens.
myweb.tiscali.co.uk /marfleetwright/GPR/ops.htm   (3255 words)

  
 GameSpy: Medal of Honor: Airborne Preview
The first operation is Operation Husky (which launched the Italian campaign) and led to the toppling of Benito Mussolini.
This was the assault phase of Operation Overlord and was the term for the landing phase of that operation.
Operation Varsity involved over 1,700 aircraft, the largest airborne drop in history, and was described by the commander of the 82nd Airborne division as "an awesome spectacle."
xbox360.gamespy.com /xbox-360/medal-of-honor-airborne/742338p2.html   (499 words)

  
 17th Airborne Division During WW II - Overview
Operation Varsity - The Airborne Assault on the Rhine
Operation Varsity would be the last full scale airborne drop of World War II and the assignment went to the 17th Airborne Division with the 507th spearheading the assault dropping at the southern edge of the Diersfordter Forest, three mile northwest of Wesel.
Operation Varsity was the first airborne invasion over the Rhine into Germany itself.
www.ww2-airborne.us /18corps/17abn/17_overview.html   (988 words)

  
 Operation Barbarossa - German invasion of the USSR 1941
On June 22nd 1941, Germany and her allies attacked and invaded the Soviet Union.
Eventually, this offensive also failed to achieve its objectives, and the Germans suffered a disasterous defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad.
Germany's final major offensive in the East, was Operation Citadel in 1943.
www.operationbarbarossa.com   (351 words)

  
 Varsity
varsity" is descended from the word "university" (which in the 19th century was commonly shortened to "versity").
The Varsity, a famous drive-in restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia that has been in operation since 1928 and is now a major tourist attraction.
The Varsity, the chain of bars across the United Kingdom with 23 outlets.
www.buzznet.com /buzzwords/varsity   (202 words)

  
 GameSpy: Medal of Honor: Airborne Preview
The first operation is Operation Husky (which launched the Italian campaign) and led to the toppling of Benito Mussolini.
This was the assault phase of Operation Overlord and was the term for the landing phase of that operation.
Operation Varsity involved over 1,700 aircraft, the largest airborne drop in history, and was described by the commander of the 82nd Airborne division as "an awesome spectacle."
ps3.gamespy.com /playstation-3/medal-of-honor-next-gen-project/742344p2.html   (510 words)

  
 MS1726 "Varsity" mission, March 24, 1945   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Operation VARSITY--the airborne assault of the British 6th and U. 17th Airborne Divisions across the Rhine north and northwest of Wesel at 1000 hours of 24 March 1945.
It also made it possible to set up operating procedures under which PFF aircraft could be provided for all formations attacking under weather conditions which might prohibit visual attack, yet left to the formation leader's discretion the decision to make visual attack if conditions at the target warranted.
Not only had the- bombers of the 9th Air Force now passed the climax of their operations, but three of their groups had (although it was not realized at the time) flown their last mission of the war.
www.b-26marauderarchive.org /MS/MS1726/MS1726.htm   (1637 words)

  
 Varsity Home Page
Varsity Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for youth ages 14 through 17.
Varsity Scouting is now a time-honored program chosen by many chartered organizations for youths who are ready for new experiences and responsibilities.
Varsity Scouting forms a bond between Scouting principles and the values and objectives of individual chartered organizations.
www.gslc-bsa.org /varsity   (543 words)

  
 TheHistoryNet | World War II | Operation Varsity: Allied Airborne Assault Over the Rhine River   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Airborne operations are frequently subjected to this type of analysis.
Operation Varsity, the airborne phase of Plunder, would include the British 6th Airborne Division "Red Devils," commanded by Maj. Gen.
News of the Rhine crossing would be withheld for almost 24 hours, and the identity of the divisions involved in the operation would be temporarily withheld in Allied press releases.
www.thehistorynet.com /wwii/blairbornebridge   (1172 words)

  
 Army Air Forces in World War II
Operation VARSITY was later much criticized as an unnecessary operation.
Forty-four transports and fifteen Liberators were destroyed in VARSITY operations, attempting to resupply the airborne troops.
Taking place beyond the Rhine, along with additional Allied thrusts across the river, Operation VARSITY underscored the accelerating collapse of Nazi Germany and a rising confidence in victory for the Allies in western Europe.
www.usaaf.net /ww2/airlift/airliftpg6b.htm   (729 words)

  
 Untitled Document
Operation Varsity also was the first airborne invasion over the east bank of the Rhine River to strike at the heart of Germany.
Operation Varsity took place seven weeks before the war in Europe ended.
A total of 5,940 aircraft were involved in Operation Varsity.
news.uns.purdue.edu /Clips/2005/march/050323.AirArmada.html   (753 words)

  
 Stand To - Airborne - The Rhine Crossing
The operation planned for the crossing of the Rhine was called "Operation Plunderer" and the Airborne element of it was called "Operation Varsity".
This operation was different from most of the Allied Airborne Operations that preceeded it.
Airborne Division, who were operating to the south of the British, learned a hard lesson about their new C-46 Commando aircraft.
www.standto.com /airborne/rhine.html   (1239 words)

  
 Operation Gadget | Electronic gadgets and sports technology
Although I've had quite a few college varsity and club-level games on my officiating schedule so far this year, my schedule from December 7 to January 2 is totally empty.
Operation Gadget is a weblog dedicated to news and reviews of electronic gadgets and technology used in sports.
All other products and company names mentioned on Operation Gadget may be trademarks of their respective owners.
www.operationgadget.com   (3187 words)

  
 History for 17th Airborne Division Association   (Site not responding. Last check: )
It was activated 15 April 1943 and deactivated in 16 Sept 1945, It had participated in 65 days of combat at the Battle of the Bulge and in Operation Varsity, the two major battles towards the end of the war in Europe.
In a joint operation by the First Airborne Army, the 17th Airborne and the British 6th Airborne Divisions, with a combine force of 17,000 men, were dropped into Germany across the Rhine River near Wesel.
The first day casualty rate at Operation Varsity was 1070 British and US troopers, exceeding the first day casualty at Normandy and Arnheim.
www.military.com /HomePage/UnitPageHistory/1,13506,700490|702423,00.html   (527 words)

  
 Rhine Crossing, 1945
For the next big airborne operation of the war, RAF Tarrant Rushton’s two squadrons - 298 and 644 - moved to the massive airfield at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk.
Operation Varsity on ____________ March 24th, 1945, was an Allied plan to cross the Rhine via air and land; striking into the very heart of Germany with one and a quarter million men - 21,000 of them in the air.
After the success of Operation Varsity, Tarrant Rushton’s two squadrons resumed their supply-dropping role in the parts of Europe still occupied by the Germans as Allied ground forces forged ahead.
www.tarrant-rushton.ndirect.co.uk /rhine%20crossing,%201945.htm   (443 words)

  
 Valor: Operation Varsity - March 1996
This was Operation Varsity, the airborne support for the US Ninth and British Second Armies' crossing of the Rhein.
William M. Miley, commander of the Army's 17th Airborne Division, briefed the glider operations officers of the 53d Troop Carrier Wing's five groups on the impending operation.
Overall, they suffered 31 casualties in the operation, killed a large number of enemy troops, and captured several hundred prisoners.
www.afa.org /magazine/valor/0396valor.asp   (925 words)

  
 507th Infantry Regiment at AllExperts
It would participate in three operations during the war: D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.
As part of the 17th, the 507th was not utilized in Operation Market Garden and was still in England training with the new division when the Battle of the Bulge began.
Finally, the regiment dropped near Wesel, Germany on 24 March to spearhead the Division's assault during Operation Varsity.
en.allexperts.com /e/0/507th_infantry_regiment.htm   (447 words)

  
 RAF Station Diary March 1945
Eleven aircraft from Tarrant Rushton took off on SOE operations to Norway, six of the aircraft were from No. 298 Squadron and five aircraft from No. 644 Squadron.
The lecturer explained that this talk was in effect part of the briefing for forthcoming operations of extreme importance, reminding his listeners that they might have to deal with enemy interrogators of vast experience and the greatest possible skill.
During the period of ‘OPERATION VARSITY’, RAF Tarrant Rushton virtually moved to WOODBRIDGE, the forward base chosen for the launch of this enterprise.
www.tarrant-rushton.ndirect.co.uk /1945March.htm   (3520 words)

  
 3rd Brigade WW2 Reenactors - Operational History of the Paras
As with most parachute operations, the flights were severely disrupted by clouds, smoke, ack-ack fire, and poor navigation.
The plan left little room for the errors that had plagued earlier parachute operations: the jump was conducted in daylight with all units jumping on the first day, and the linkup with ground forces to take place on the first day of the operation.
The operation was a success, and the Allied ground forces advanced to the airborne positions and relieved them on the same day.
www.6th-airborne.org /ophistory.html   (1933 words)

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