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Operation Varsity

British paratroopers walking down a road near their landing site

Operation Varsity was a joint American-British operation that took place on March 24, 1945. It was an Allied airborne assault that happened over the Rhine River, at Wesel, Germany, as part of Operation Plunder.[1]Operation Varsity was mainly meant to help Field Marshal Montgomery's 21st Army Group secure a foothold across the Rhine River.


Allied Preparations

The Allies had a well planned out way to run the operation: drop two airborne divisions behind enemy lines, and land near Wesel. The Allies had planned out where the airborne divisions would fly from: the Americans from airfields in north-central France, and the British from southeastern Britain.[1]


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