Across the Rhine

An original appendix document for Operation Plunder issued to 22nd Armoured Brigade in 1945. Operation Plunder was the Allied crossing of the Rhine on the night of 23rd March 1945 by the British 2nd Army under Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey and the U.S. 9th Army under Lieutenant-General William Simpson.

This document is 6 pages & instructs all units involved of the routes, roads & staging areas along with coloured diagrams of the signage to be used and maps of the crossing. It is marked as copy 49 and complete.

British Troops/Medics –Rhine crossing March 24 till March 29,1945

At Birch,England,after the Rhine drive on march 24th 1945 on our return trip back to our base.Waiting for an aircraft to pic us up

Men of the kings own Scottish borderers moving forward after crossing the Rhine,March 1945

V-Mail titled “Across the Rhine – 3/30/45 (March 30, 1945)”

Dear Ruth and Willis,

Received your V-mails of March 14th and 20th yesterday along with 2 from Nellie.

Everything is going OK as you have probably read in the papers.

The end seems to be near but still I don’t know.

Sure will be a happy day when it is all over.

Glad to hear to hear that my bank account is doing all right.

In a few days, I’ll send you a money order for 25 dollars.

We were paid about a week ago and as I don’t have any use for it I’ll send most of it to you.

If I ever get a chance to go on pass again I’ll have my picture taken and send some on to you.

By the way, you two don’t have a snapshot of yourselves, do you?

If you do I would like to have one for my wallet. This is all the news for now so will say so long. Write soon.

Love Charles

V-Mail,titled “across the Rhine”

Dear Ruth and Willie,

Received your V-Mail of March 19, 22, + 25 plus Your air mail of March 28 the last week or so.

??? Is good to hear from you so often. I also received the Easter Card – thanks very much, I sure hope that you got down to see mother and that you found her better.

I haven’t written her lately but I will today.

I some- times wonder if she really realizes how things are.

I had a two day pass to Belgium a few days ago – had a swell time – saw some good movies (“Saratoga Trunk,” “And Now Tomorrow,” + “A tree Grows in Brooklyn.”)

I Hope that you have received some of my letters by now. I Will try to keep up writing as often as possible. I have a Snapshot I’ll send you soon.

Write soon. Love Charles

Original leaflet,dropped by Wehrmacht to demotivate the U.S troops


1st Belgian Pioneer Group on their way from Belgium to Hamburg .Crossing the Rhine May 1945.


Photos made during the Rhine crossing in Oppenheim,Germany march 1945.German soldiers captured by 6th Us armored division.

A C-47 throwing 2 gliders during the Rhine crossing 1945


British official photograph No. B14924.— Canadian troops pushed on towards the Rhine from Calcar on 28th february 1945

Captured German soldiers next to Rhine River bank 1945

Destroyed Suedbrigde across the Rhine between Dusseldorf and Neuss

Smoke pots to protect Rhine crossing

Rhine River in Worms,Germany April 1945

Rhinefort bridge across the Rhine River

Unknown bridge….

Captured Germans,Rhine River Koblenz 1945

Blasted bridges across the Rhine in Koblenz

Unknown location,Rhine River 1945

A U.S. Navy landing boat pulls up alongside German prisoners floundering in the Rhine River, and other prisoners reach out to pull them aboard. A whole boatload of prisoners, enroute to the Rhine’s West bank, capsized when the occupants became panic-stricken and rushed to one side of the boat (April 1945)

Build of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Bridge across the Rhine in Mainz April 1945

 Another Bailey bridge named after war correspondent Ernie Pyle was constructed in Dusseldorf April 1945

Picture taken while crossing Rhine River at Mannheim,bridge dedicated to Ernie Pyle July 1,1945

Bridge across the Rhine River,Germany in French Zone of Occupation

The Providence Journal Newspaper March 27,1945

Original pressphoto:

The Stars and Stripes Newspaper March 1945


Chaplain John H Cunnif conducts catholic services for engineers of the 9th US Army, on the east bank of the Rhine river, near Wesel, Germany 1945

Ponton bridge across the Rhine in Wesel on April 15th 1945

German P.O.W camp in Wesel – May 20,1945

The destroyed Rhine river bridge on may 20,1945.The destroyed railroad bridge can be seen too

Another knocked out bridge across the Rhine,August 1946.Could be Wesel

Another knocked out bridge across the Rhine,location and date unknown

Victor Bridge across the Rhine between Niederbreisig and Bad Hönningen March/April 1945

US Troops crossing a Rhine river bridge in Duisburg 1945

Gerow Bridge across the Rhine in Duisburg 1945

155mm Howitzer firing over the Rhine

Ponton bridge across the Rhine,next to the Remagen bridge 1945

Another knocked out bridge in Germany,this time a bridge across the Rhine in Mannheim

Airview of bombed city of Cologne 1945.On the back the Rhine River with the destroyed bridge next to the cathedral

Another view of Cologne,the bombed railroad bridge (on the back the damaged cathedral)

The destroyed König Wilhelm Railroad bridge between Neuss and Dusseldorf 1945

Another pontoon bridge across the Rhine,location and date unknown


Crossing the Inn river in Braunau 1945

Crossing the Donau,next to Regensburg

Last update: 08.11.2017