Once on the continent, they'd flawlessly operated storm boats to ferry the Canadian 10th Infantry Brigade across the River Seine in an August assault crossing
Arriving in France on Thanksgiving Day, 1944, my outfit was scheduled to join the 9th Army in Holland for an assault crossing
of the Roer River (Operation Grenade).
Rafts are an excellent means of putting the high-priority essential vehicles into the bridgehead during the interval between the assault crossing
and the completion of bridges.
He proposed a powerful assault crossing by the 43rd Wessex Division and remaining units of the Polish Brigade at three or four points west of Driel, which would outflank the Germans and change the entire situation on the north bank.
On September 24, 20th and 23rd Field Companies of the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE) were at the head of a 483-vehicle convoy consisting of Storm Boats and Class 9 rafts that was ready to move from Nijmegen onto the south shore of the Rhine for an assault crossing.
Because ford sites were located in the east, the 1BCT would conduct its assault crossing (Phase II) over the fords and secure both the near and far shores with heavy maneuver forces before commencing bridging operations at the Ottawa crossing site.
Before the assault crossing, the near shore must be secured.