MOLCAB in the Reichswald Forest
Unit/ Formation: Landing Craft Units
Location: Reichswald Forest
Period/ Conflict: World War II
Date/s: 25 March 1945
Administered and run by the Royal Marines the MOLCAB is a Royal Navy Mobile Landing Craft Advanced Base.
The MOLCAB played an important part in the army's crossing of the Rhine.
Royal Marines made up a large part of the force, 36 Landing Craft were positioned for Operation Plunder (23 - 27th March) moved over land from Antwerp by 'Dragon Wagon' tank transporters all hidden by the largest smoke screen ever laid from 16th March
Craft are patrolling and bridge building along the Rhine and have brought prisoners across to the western bank.
The force is under the command of Captain PGH James, RN, and all personnel live under canvas in the Reichswald Forest, Germany.
Working with the Royal Engineers landing craft tow bridge sections into place and facing downstream supporting then as they are fixed together and the bridge constructed.