75 Years Operation „Nordwind“ – The forgotten offensive between Saare and Rhine

10th-12th January 2020
Remembrance Weekend to commemorate and remember the victims of the Operation Northwind in 1945. 

More than 15 fortress buildings in the Upper Rhine region inform on 11th and 12th January 2020 inform in special tours, exhibitions and commemorative events about the dramatic events in January 1945:

  • Military History Museum Rastatt
  • Casemate Achen Nord
  • Fort Casso
  • Ouvrage du Simserhof
  • Westwall Museum Festungswerk Gerstfeldhöhe
  • Espace Mémoire WW2 Bitche
  • Casemate de Dambach-Neunhoffen
  • Ouvrage du Four à Chaux
  • Fort de Schoenenbourg
  • Casemate Rieffel
  • Casemate Esch
  • Fortress Germersheim
  • Westwall-Museum Bad Bergzabern
  • Regelbau 32 Dettenheim-Rußheim (Sanitätsunterstand)
  • Regelbau 10 Rastatt
  • History Friends Rheinau-Freistett
  • Tarnbunker Kehl-Neumühl
  • Museumsbunker “Emilie”
  • Casemate Kilstett
  • Battlefield-Tour bridgehead Gambsheim

In January 2020 is the 75th anniversary of an event, which lead between Saar and Rhine to many Alsatian villages being liberated twice in 1945. The operation “Northwind”. It was the very last try of the German Wehrmacht to remain at least in parts at the top of the game in the West. After initial success the forays were stopped dead and the targets Strasbourg and Saverne were never reached. The hard battles in ice and snow claimed the lives of many people not only from soldiers on both sides but also from civilians, who could not be evacuated before the battles started. The villages in that areas as Achen, Rimling Wingen, Hatten, Rittershofen, Herrlisheim, Gambsheim and Kilstett were only left to be ruines after the battles from house to house.

75 Years Operation „Nordwind“ – The forgotten offensive between Saare and Rhine