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This Month in WW2: 1945

During Operation Lumberjack, on March 7, 1945, troops of the U.S. Army's 9th Armored Division reached the bridge during the closing weeks of World War II and were surprised to see that the railroad bridge was still standing. It was one of 22 vehicle and 28 railroad bridges across the Rhine, all of which the Germans had systematically destroyed in advance of the Allied's attack. But in this instance the German defenders failed to demolish it and U.S. forces were able to capture the bridge.


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