The Bridge at Remagen
What do you know about
The Bridge at Remagen?
Cross with this
World War II History Made Easy Quiz.
Answers" at the bottom of the page.
Bridge at Remagen was a railway bridge across the River Rhine in
Germany, connecting the village of Remagen to another village on
the other ridge flanking the Rhine River. What was
the other town?
2) What was the name of the bridge?
- Ludendorff Bridge
- Grüin Bridge
- Wiener Bridge
3) What year was the bridge finished?
4) By the time World War I
ended, the line between Neuss and Remagen had not been completed
and never was. This is also the reason why the bridge at Remagen
was not rebuilt after World War II.
5) During Operation Lumberjack
troops of the U.S. Army's 9th Armored Division reached one of the
two damaged but usable bridges over the Rhine (a railway bridge in
Wesel in today's North Rhine-Westphalia was the other one), after
German defenders failed to demolish it, despite several attempts.
What was the day they reached the Bridge at Remagen?
- March 3, 1945
- March 5, 1945
- March 7, 1945
6) The first American soldier
to cross the Rhine River into Germany said: "We ran down the
middle of the bridge, shouting as we went. I didn't stop because I
knew that if I kept moving they couldn't hit me. My men were in
squad column and not one of them was hit. We took cover in some
bomb craters. Then we just sat and waited for others to come.
That's the way it was." Who was the first American
soldier to cross the Rhine River into Germany and was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross?
- Sgt. John Franklin Baker, Jr.
- Sgt. Alexander A. Drabik
- Private Robert David Law
7) Lieutenant Donald Blakeslee
was the first officer over the bridge and was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross.
8) The Allies used the bridge
for truck and tank traffic. How many soldiers
crossed it during the first 24 hours after capture.
- 8,000 soldiers
- 10,000 soldiers
- 12,000 soldiers
9) Adolf Hitler's reaction was
to dismiss Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt commander-in-chief in
the western front, and to court-martial five officers, four of
whom, Major Hans Scheller, Lieutenant Karl Heinz Peters, Major
Herbert Strobel and Major August Kraft, were executed quickly. The
fifth officer was convicted and sentenced in absentia, having
become an American prisoner of war by this time. Who was
the German officer?
- Captain Peter Becker
- Captain Willi Bratge
- Major James Montgomery
10) After its capture, the
Germans made repeated unsuccessful efforts to destroy it via
aerial bombardment, field artillery and the use of floating mines.
In one of the few deployments of the type as tactical bombers,
Arado Ar 234 jets attempted to destroy the bridge (observed by
Stars and Stripes newspaper reporter). Who was the
- Walter Cronkite
- Ed Murrow
- Andy Rooney
11) On March 17, 1945, eleven
V-2 rockets were launched at the bridge from the Hellendoorn area
of the Netherlands, about 120 miles north of Remagen, destroying a
number of nearby buildings and killing at least six American
soldiers. How many V-2 rockets were launched?
12) Later on March 17, ten days
after its capture, the bridge suddenly collapsed into the Rhine.
U.S. Army engineers were killed while working to strengthen the
bridge, and 93 others were injured. However, by then the Americans
had established a substantial bridgehead on the far side of the
Rhine and had additional pontoon bridges in place.
How many U.S. Army engineers were killed?
- 8 U.S. Army engineers
- 18 U.S. Army engineers
- 28 U.S. Army engineers