7 April – 25 April 1945
By March 1945 the American forces in Germany had reached the River Rhine. It was believed that no bridges across the mighty river survived intact but on 7th March an armoured reconnaissance patrol led by Lieutenant Karl Zimmermann found the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen intact.
|Courtney Hodges||Erich Brandenberger|
The battle to capture it began, the Germans fiercely resisting knowing how important it would be to the Allies to take it. Aside from ground fighting, the Germans even used V2 Rockets and Jet fighters to try and defeat the Americans at Remagen, but the bridge was taken. However, it collapsed into the Rhine sometime afterwards. The bridge was never rebuilt but the massive towers remain as a testimony to one of the closing chapters of the Second World War.