Operation Veritable was part of a Second World War pincer movement conducted by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group to clear and occupy the land between the Rhine and Maas rivers. It took place between 8 February and 11 March 1945. It was a part of General Dwight Eisenhower's "broad front" strategy to occupy the west bank of the Rhine before attempting any crossing. Veritable was originally called Valediction and had been planned for execution in early January, 1945. The allied plan was that, this being the northern end of the Siegfried Line, albeit heavily fortified, a skirting movement around the line was possible here and would allow an early assault against the industrial Ruhr region.
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