Kranenburg is a small medieval village at the German-dutch boarder. After the failed German Ardennes Offensive the Allies prepared their armies for a new offensive against the Westwall with the target to eliminate German resistance on the left side of the river Rhine. At 7th February 1945 the British army started the Operation Veritable, the Battle of the Reichswald, to reach the river Rhine. Kranenburg was defended by the 84. Infantrie-Division and a Fallschirmjäger-Regiment. The Allies have to capture Kranenburg as fast as possible before the Rhine could flood the town or the German counter attack lead by the 116. Panzer-Division could materialize.