Events for Wednesday 7th March 2012
On This Day in History
Americans find intact bridge over Rhine7th March 1945
In a major coup for the Allied war effort, U.S. Army forces reach the Rhine River at the small German town of Remagen, and find the Ludendorff Bridge still standing. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler planned on using the Rhine as a formidable natural obstacle against the advancing Allied troops, and ordered all bridges across the river destroyed. German troops were preparing to blow up the Ludendorff Bridge when American forces captured it on March 7 under heavy fire.
Further ReadingThe Rhine Crossing
by Andrew Rawson
By Spring 1945, with the Russians closing fast on Berlin from the East, the US and British Armies of Patton and Montgomery were faced with one major hurdle, the Rhine. Heavily defended by the Nazis, this obstacle would only be crossed by a massive operation requiring meticulous planning and bold… Read more...Only £12.99 at Pen & Sword Books.