This bridge was one of two remaining bridges across the Rhine in March 1945.The Wehrmacht had the order to destroy it, which failed. During the battle of the bridge, it was captured by US troops on march 7, 1945. It allowed them to deploy over 25.000 troops, six Army divisions, with many tanks, artillery pieces and trucks before it collapsed on march 17, 1945. The bridge, so vital to the Allies success, was never rebuilt!
Two deathcards from March 7 and 11,1945
The bridge after beein captured.Photo made before it collaps.
Captured Germans in front of the Ludendorff-Bridge march 1945.Original press photo
Original Newspaper March 1945:
This one is a handwritten letter of Corporal Albert Barrick,who served in the 116th Anti Aircraft Gun Battalion (Mobile).In March 1945, the month that these letters were written, this soldier’s battalion participated in the defence of the captured Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.Most interesting content of this letter is marked in red:—-Everything seems to be going okay around here. It looks like most of the Krauts are on the other side of the river now. Too bad they couldn’t have caught more than they did.—-
Next content are 2 photos showing the collapsed bridge.There is no date on them,just a short text,guess made from one of the U.S soldiers.
Original whirephoto from the U.S Army shing the captured bridge before the collapse.This photo was used for several newspapers.
Another original press photo,first dated april 1945 on the back.Photos shows U.S anti aircraft gun in front of the collapsed bridge
Original pressphoto of the collapsed bridge at Remagen.
Remagen bridge after the span collapsed on march 17 at 3:15pm
Photo of an old newspaper showing the bridge in the 1920`s
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