Remagen 1945: Endgame against the Third Reich (Campaign)

Following the conflict of the Bulge within the Ardennes, the Allies all started steps for the ultimate attack into Germany. The long-delayed US military thrust over the Roer River, Operation Lumberjack, ultimately happened in February, putting the united states military alongside the Rhine. The Rhine represented the final significant geographical barrier to the Allied enhance into Germany. The plan was once for Montgomery's twenty first military workforce to jump the Rhine into the Ruhr in a gently choreographed assault referred to as Operation Plunder. within the occasion, fortune smiled at the US military while the ninth Armored all of sudden discovered that the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen had now not but been demolished through the Wehrmacht, leaving this one significant crossing over the Rhine intact. An armored infantry staff supported through the recent Pershing tanks stormed the bridge, seized it in fierce combating and disarmed the fees put on it. They then held it opposed to a number of counterattacks within which the Germans used traditional strategies and unconventional, together with jet bombers, V-2 missiles, and frogmen.

Remagen was once no longer the one impromptu Rhine crossing made via the united states military in significant Germany however it used to be the main dramatic and toughest fought. The irrepressible George Patton, inspite of directions to stick placed, snuck an infantry department around the Rhine within the south, environment the degree for the race into Germany. After reinforcing their significant Rhine crossings, the USA military introduced its late-March offensive, encircling Frankfurt, and surroundings the level for the defeat of the Wehrmacht within the West. this can be a gripping, authoritative account of an important conflict over the past significant set-piece operation of global battle II (1939-1945).

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