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The Bridge at Remagen

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Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE1) 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?

  • Betteldorf
  • Erpel
  • Nitz

2) What was the name of the bridge?

  • Ludendorff Bridge
  • Grin Bridge
  • Wiener Bridge

3) What year was the bridge finished?

  • 1916
  • 1919
  • 1921

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.

  • True or False?

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.

  • True or False?

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 reporter?

  • 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?

  • 5 V-2s
  • 11 V-2s
  • 21 V-2s

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

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The Bridge at Remagen
[Answers]

1) Erpel
2) Ludendorff Bridge
3) 1919
4) True
5) March 7, 1945
6) Sgt. Alexander A. Drabik
7) False. Lieutenant Karl Timmermann was the first officer over the bridge and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
8
) 8,000 soldiers
9
) Captain Willi Bratge
10
) Andy Rooney
11
) V-2s
12
) 28 U.S. Army engineers

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