On March 7, 2011 it was 66 years ago that the U.S. Panzer Division succeeded in the bridge over the Rhine at Remagen to conquer.  The bridge was intact and so could a substantial number of troops and materiel be transferred to the other bank of the Rhine and a bridgehead could be consolidated. The road to Berlin laid open. The defeat of Hitler-Germany had became inevitable. On March 7, 1945 a small vanguard of the 9th American Pantherdivision under command of Lieutenant K.H. Timmermann (of German descent) succeeded in conquering the last bridge over the Rine in tact. The Ludendorffbridge at Remagen in Germany was built in the First World War to transport troops and war material to the western front. The bride was designed by Karl Wiener from Mannheim. The bridge was 325 meters long and at high water the underpass was 14,8 meters. There were a double railway track and a footpath on. While the American troops crossed the Rhine bridge the Germans tried to prevent the crossing by bombing and the use of frogmen, but in ten days 40,0000 soldiers crossed the bridge.
On March 17, 1945 the bridge collapsed due to overload. Twenty-eight American soldiers were killed. General Eisenhower later explained that "the bridge's weight in gold had been."
There are many books on this important episode in modern history. Moreover, by David L. Wolper produced a film "The Bridge at Remagen". This film highlights the historical background, but is otherwise completely free elaborated. In 1980, in one of the two pillars of the bridge, a famous museum was founded.

 

Op 23 oktober 2011 ben ik naar de plaats gereden waar destijds de Ludendorff brug lag, die als enige brug over de Rijn nog in tact was en waarover de Amerikanen snel troepen overheen lieten gaan om een eerste bruggenhoofd te vestigen op de andere oever van de Rijn. Aan beide oevers staat nog een toren. Aanvankelijk zat ik natuurlijk aan de verkeerde kant dus ben ik teruggereden om via Bonn aan de andere kant van de Rijn te komen waar in de toren een klein museum is gevestigd dat herinnert aan de gebeurtenissen op 7 maart 1945. Natuurlijk heb ik ook nog een aantal interessante boeken meegenomen. On October 23, 2011 I went to the place where once the Ludendorff Bridge had been, the only bridge across the Rhine still intact, and which the Americans troops quickly crossed to settle a first bridgehead on the opposite bank of the Rhine . On either side is another tower. Initially I was obviously on the wrong side so I drove back through Bonn on the other side of the Rhine to where the tower is a small museum that commemorates the events of March 7, 1945. Of course I have also bought some interesting books.

 

 

Film The Bridge at Remagen

 

The Bridge at Remagen is a 1969 war film starring George Segal, Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn. It was directed by John Guillermin and was shot on location in Czechoslovakia.

The film is based on the book The Bridge at Remagen: The Amazing Story of March 7, 1945 by writer and U. S. Representative, Ken Hechler. It was adapted into a screenplay by Richard Yates and William Roberts.

The film is a highly-fictionalized version of actual events during the last months of World War II when the U.S. 9th Armored Division approached Remagen and found the Ludendorff Bridge still intact. The movie re-enacts the week-long battle, and several artillery duels, that the Americans fought before gaining a bridgehead across the Rhine for the final push into Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

Remagen then and now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The museum