Nowhere was this repute more evident than in the assault crossing of the Rhine River on March 24, 1945.
The following excerpt from Paras versus the Reich: Canada's Paratroopers at War, 1942-1945 describes the tumultuous Canadian experience during the March 24, 1945 assault crossing of the Rhine.
The Germans had destroyed the river's bridges, but on April 12 three battalions of armored infantry made an 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.
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
Patton received orders on March 19 to conduct an assault crossing
of the Rhine with his Third Army to secure the First Army's southern flank.
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.
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.
on February 23, 1945, when my squad of the 247th Engineer Combat Battalion began the construction of a footbridge for the 29th Infantry Division to make an assault crossing
of the Roer River into Julich, Germany.