Remagen

A Trip Down the Rhine - Christmas 2005


"Christmas on the Rhine?" says Maureen. "Good idea" I reply. Actually the idea was a bad one apart from one highlight - the fact that our boat stopped for a whole day in the town of Remagen.

So off I went to find the remains of the Ludendorff Railway Bridge.

West

The West Bank

Just after 4 pm on 7th March 1945, GIs of Company A, 27th Armoured Battalion took this key Rhine crossing point under fire. The demolition charges set by the defenders failed to go off and so it was that Sergeant Joe DeLizio and Lieutenant Karl Timmerman led their men over to the East bank of the River.

East

The East Bank

The bridge towers on the West Bank have been preserved as a monument and the immediate vicinity has been left untouched. Sadly the towers on the East Bank, and the railway tunnel beyond are not readily accessible since the bridge was never rebuilt and, being winter, there was no boat available for a crossing.

War Damage

Remagen German War Cemetery

War Damage

In the town itself there is a small military cemetery containing German casualties from both world wars. outside of town one can walk through the river side meadows which were once the site of vast POW pens. There are still signs of this sad period in the form of barbed wire strands littering the ground.

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