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
Anthony Hughes <email@example.com>
Thus ended the last great German stand in the West.
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Did You Know?
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
In the battle at the west ridge, a German gun crew is shown firing an MG42 but its making the traditional *rata-tata-tat* sound rather than the buzz saw/ripping-cloth sound distinctive to the MG42's very high rate of fire. See more
Major Paul Kreuger
[to General von Brock over the phone asking for reinforcements
Herr General, your regrets will not save the bridge. The two panzer battalions might.