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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Just Days After the Taking of the Bridge at Remagen, General Dwight D. Eisenhower Writes His Wife Mamie That the War Is Going the Americans’ Way, and He Will Soon Be Following His Troops to the Rhine The Germans are still fighting doggedly, however.
1944. 11/3/45. “Our attacks have been going well, and I suppose the newspapers are busy talking all about them. The enemy becomes more and more stretched, but he shows no signs of quitting. He is fighting hard…Day after tomorrow I start traveling again”U.S. and British forces, with their Allies, had been fighting in Germany west of the Rhine River since late 1944. After the great German advance in the Battle of the Bulge was turned back in January 1945, the tide turned to favor the Allies. The failure of this last major German offensive exhausted much of Germany's remaining combat strength, leaving it ill-prepared to resist the final Allied campaigns in Europe. February saw the Allies continuing to clear the Germans out of the fatherland west of the Rhine. Now the problem was crossing that river, a natural barrier behind which the Germans could regroup, and one which the Allies would need to cross to continue their advance to win the war. Realizing its importance, the Germans blew up the bridges across the Rhine. That’s where things stood on March 7.That day units from the U.S. 1st Army under Gen. Omar Bradley found themselves at the Rhine. Upon arrival, they were very surprised to see that one last bridge - the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen - was actually still standing, with the bridge wired and the Germans readying to blow it up with about 6,200 lb of demolition charges. There took place one of the momentous exploits of the war. German machine guns opened up on the American troops across the bridge from the towers that guarded the western approach to the bridge, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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