||The Bridge at Heinde
18:00 hours, Wednesday 7 August
While Major Leslie’s C Squadron was fighting for its life at Schellerten, another, possibly more dangerous threat was developing behind them.
The Innerste River ran across their line of retreat. If things went sour, the bridges at Heinde would be an essential escape route. If they went well, they would be equally essential for the ‘loggies’, the logistics boys, bringing up the fuel and ammunition they’d desperately need after a hard fight.
When an assault landing by a Soviet air assault battalion took the bridges at 18:00 hours, cutting off the British force, there was little available to retake them.