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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Germans forged one little bridge. Sixty-one days later they lost the war
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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
The superstructure of the real Ludendorff Bridge remained intact after the explosion. As depicted in the film, the German demolition charges were placed only on critical points on and under the roadbed and railroad tracks. The damage was mostly to girders connecting the road bed to the superstructure. There are many photos of the Ludendorff Bridge in American hands after the battle with the superstructure largely undamaged. See more
Lt. Phil Hartman
You got your camera with you, Glover?
No, sir. I kinda sold it back to Sergeant Angel.
Lt. Phil Hartman
When the Krauts blow that bridge, that's gonna be some picture.