In an assault crossing involving the deployment of the main body of a battalion, an assembly area is designated at the water obstacle.
Typically, the battalion is assigned a line of departure for the assault crossing at a distance of 1 to 2 kilometers from the water's edge and assembly areas for ferry and amphibious transport boarding and loading and tank preparation are located 5 to 6 kilometers from the water's edge.
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
. They carved out a tenuous bridgehead that soon became the target of such zealous counterattacks by local forces of the composite Scharnhorst Division that Major General Isaac D.
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).
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
. Downstream, the traverse of the 34th Field Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE) was also successful.
This training is complemented by instruction in crossing site reconnaissance, assault crossing
, and setup.
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 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.
"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.
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.