The Rhine River is located in western Europe and starts in the SwissAlps flowing through Germany, Holland, and at times France. It is one of Europe's longest rivers (766 miles), and one of its most important, serving as a navigable waterway throughout the continental inland.
On the morning of 18 February 1951, the massed tanks of the SovietRed Army began the invasion of West Germany through Fulda with the operational goal of the Rhine River. Once the western zones of Germany were cleared, it would be decided whether the Low Countries and France would be attacked, in turn.
The French advanced to the Rhine during the Second Great War but were unable to cross it. The British did better by crossing through Holland and advancing into northwest Germany. However, they failed to capture Hamburg and were driven back across the river in 1943.