Ludendorff-Bridge ... "The Bridge of Remagen"

At the southern village exit directly between the railroad tracks and state road B-42, the bridge towers of this world-famous WW-II bridge still hold strong.

Old view of the bridge

Old view of the bridge

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Old view of the bridge

The Bridge of Remagen was built during WW-I between 1916 and 1918. German generals demanded the construction in order to be able to move even more troops and war material to the western front.

Architect Karl Wiener from the city of Mannheim planned it as a railroad bridge.

The bridge measured 325 m in length, resided 14.80 m above normal water level of the river Rhine, with its highest point at 29.25 m. The bridge held two railroad tracks and a pedestrian walkway. It was considered one of the most beautiful steel bridges over the river Rhine.

The capture of the bridge during WW-II

On March 7th, 1945, a small advance party of the 9th US Tank Division, under the command of German-born lieutenant Karl H. Timmermann, successfully captured the bridge after two unsuccessful demolition attempts by the Germans.

The capture is known in WW-II history as "The wonder of Remagen". General Eisenhower proclaimed that "the bridge is worth its weight in gold".

During the following days the German Army Central Command desperately tried to destroy the bridge with multiple bomb raids and SEAL attacks.

Hitler, blind with rage, ordered a special court-martial, which sentenced five officers to death. Four of those Hitler had shot in the close-by "Westerwald". On March 17, 1945, the severely damaged bridge collapsed and took 28 American soldiers down with it.

Further information:

The Bridge of Remagen  (external Link)

Contemporary witnesses remember March 1945

The Ludendorff-Bridge Erpel – Remagen

The battle for the bridge is legendary