National Geographic : 1945 Jul
00 APfrom Press Ass'n Here the Watch on the Rhine Fell Asleep: Americans Seized This Bridge Intact, Neutralizing Germany's River Barrier Troops, tanks, and artillery funneled across Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen to throw the German defenses completely offbalance. Later crossings byPatton and Patch to the south and Montgomery to the north forced the Nazis to shift their reserves back and forth. From thecliffs ofErpeler Lei(background), Germans shelled the bridge; Erpel on far bank, and Remage:. in foreground. Allied prisoners built the span during World War I. Itcollapsed two days after this picture was taken.