Daily Mail: Monday, September 18, 1944 – ‘Armoured Drive’



DAILY MAIL, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1944

Daily Mail, Monday, September 18, 1944

ARMOURED DRIVE INTO HOLLAND
From EDWARD GILLING
WITH THE SECOND ARMY, SUNDAY

British armour has begun to roll again. While the airborne troops were being dropped into Holland to-day the Second Army launched attacks from its bridgehead over the Escaut Canal.

Rocket-firing Typhoons and fighter-bombers smashed down on the German defensive positions as our tanks went speeding along the roads into Holland.

Cromwells and Shermans roared along the road with the carrier-borne infantry following up.

Hitherto only armoured car patrols had crossed the border, but today we were using our armoured strength.

This meant that the period of our building up our supplies and stores that had been going on for nearly a fortnight had ended.

I watched one of our armoured columns move out from the bridgehead near de Groote along the Eindhoven road, and within one hour they were reported to be two miles inside Holland.

The attack was preceded by an artillery barrage against the enemy positions round the bridgehead.