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US troops move across the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany - 11 March 1945 Photo by Sergeant William Spangle (US Army) The Ludendorff Bridge was the last bridge standing on the Rhine River and was captured by the US 9th Armored Division on 7 March 1945.

US troops move across the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen, Germany - 11 March 1945 Photo by Sergeant William Spangle (US Army) The Ludendorff Bridge was the last bridge standing on the Rhine River and was captured by the US 9th Armored Division on 7 March 1945.

My dad, Julius Cole, in Bamburg, Germany after reassignment to the 16th Regiment, First Infantry Division.  Nov., 1945.

My dad, Julius Cole, in Bamburg, Germany after reassignment to the 16th Regiment, First Infantry Division. Nov., 1945.

Vehicle of the 7th Army cross the Rhine River from Ludwigshafen to Mannehim over the Ger Davidson Bridge, under cover of smoke screen. In the background is the wreckage of the Ludwigshafen railway bridge, destroyed by the retreating Germans. Ludwigshafen, Germany - March 1945

Vehicle of the 7th Army cross the Rhine River from Ludwigshafen to Mannehim over the Ger Davidson Bridge, under cover of smoke screen. In the background is the wreckage of the Ludwigshafen railway bridge, destroyed by the retreating Germans. Ludwigshafen, Germany - March 1945

Picture 18 Advance Allied elements march from Luxembourg into Germany. This is seen as the beginning of the end.

Picture 18 Advance Allied elements march from Luxembourg into Germany. This is seen as the beginning of the end.

The cavalry recon squadron of 9th Armored Division occupies the town square in Pegau, Germany on 4th April 1945.

The cavalry recon squadron of 9th Armored Division occupies the town square in Pegau, Germany on 4th April 1945.

1945: conquest of the Remagen bridge On March 7, 1945, American troops conquer the Ludendorff railway bridge at Remagen, West German, the only intact across the Rhine. The rest were blown up by the Nazis to contain the Allied advance

1945: conquest of the Remagen bridge On March 7, 1945, American troops conquer the Ludendorff railway bridge at Remagen, West German, the only intact across the Rhine. The rest were blown up by the Nazis to contain the Allied advance

As GIs of the 62nd Armored Infantry, 14th Armored Division, make their way through the ruins of Gemünden

As GIs of the 62nd Armored Infantry, 14th Armored Division, make their way through the ruins of Gemünden

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