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Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum: Hole 15 – The Rhine Crossing
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The last natural barrier between Allied forces and Hitler’s Germany was the formidable Rhine River. In addition to this natural obstacle, the formidable Siegfried Line defended Germany’s Western border, festooned with bunkers and “dragon’s teeth” anti-tank defenses.
On March 7th, 1945, while attempting to gain a foothold on the West bank of the Rhine, American units were astonished to see the last remaining German bridge across the river still intact at Remagen. The bridge was stormed and taken, but collapsed less than two weeks later. In Order to gain further bridgeheads into Germany, two simultaneous Anglo-American offensives were launched on March 23rd, 1945; Operations Varsity and Plunder. Varsity was the Airborne component to the offensive, dropping 16,000 paratroopers in the largest Airborne Operation in military history. Plunder aimed to bombard and seize the key city of Wesel in the highly defended area known as the Ruhr.
On the evening of March 23rd, the main offensives began as 4,000 artillery pieces opened up on German defenses, while infantry, using small boats and pontoon bridges established footholds on the far side of the Rhine. Just hours later, Operation Varsity commenced, as gliders and planes began dropping the Airborne units around the Rhine and Wesel. German resistance buckled, then collapsed completely when the worn out and vastly outnumbered defenders surrendered Wesel on March 27th. With their lines breached in countless places on the Rhine, the German army began to disintegrate as Allied units stormed across the heartland of Germany.
Hitler’s Third Reich was now in its final days, but across the globe the Empire of Japan refused to concede defeat and would need to be dealt with…(continued on Hole #16)
Vocabulary Word: Bridgehead – A bridgehead is a strategically important area covering a body of water. Bridgeheads are necessary to holding onto, or securing natural obstacles and pushing further into enemy territory, and can serve as key defensive points. Some of the most famous bridgeheads of World War II were the Allied landings at Normandy, Salerno in Italy, and in North Africa during Operation Torch.Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum
There’s the safe path that really doesn’t have a chance at the hole-in-one for the left path and the. There is crossing the “Rhine” a jump shot over a water hazard that can lead to the cup.
Mister Mini Golf Pro Tips
The hole is slightly left of center so to get that right angle start on the right side of the tee area and come across on the ramp.
ADA Accessibility Notes: ADA compliant pathways are installed to allow for 9 holes of accessible play.
For more details on course accessibility, always check in with a course you are visiting as they may be able to do additional accommodations. In addition, a great resource is the ADA Checklist for Miniature Golf Courses.
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