In the last days of World War II, the Allied Army desperatly searched for a bridgehead across the impenetrable Rhein River, in order to launch a major assault into the center of Germany. "Bridge at Remagen" tells the true story of the battle for this last bridgehead, from both the German and American perspective. Written by
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The Germans forged one little bridge. Sixty-one days later they lost the war
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The name given by the Allies to the mission to capture the Ludendorff Bridge (aka The Bridge at Remagen) was Operation Lumberjack. This mission was initiated by the US Army in March 1945 with an aim of capturing German cities such as Cologne and create a foothold in the Rhine region. The US 9th Armored Division entered the town of Remagen on March 7, 1945, arriving under fire in the afternoon at the Ludendorff Bridge at 3:50 p.m. The capture of the bridge was critical and pivotal to the Allies invasion of Germany--it was the only bridge over which troops, equipment and supplies could cross over the Rhine River, and 8,000 soldiers did so before the bridge collapsed. Adolf Hitler
was so enraged by the bridge not being blown up beforehand that he had officers responsible for it executed by firing squad. See more
Early in the movie, Lt. Phil Hartman and Cpl. Grebs try a daring run toward a farmhouse which is occupied by an enemy anti-tank troop. They start the run in a captured German vehicle, equipped with a rear mounted machine gun. The car also has a very distinctive pair of red lamps on the front. As the car speeds into battle with the German defenses, it is somehow transformed into a different vehicle, for when it arrives at the farmhouse yard we see it has lost the gun mount, gained a wiper on the passenger's side, and the red lamps have disappeared. See more
[Kreuger is offered a last cigarette before he is executed by firing squad. He and the Nazi Officer hear planes
Major Paul Kreuger
Ours or theirs?
Enemy planes, sir.
Major Paul Kreuger
But who is the enemy?