Over 8,000 men crossed the bridge in the first twenty-four hours after its capture as engineers frantically worked to repair the span.Infuriated by its capture, Hitler swiftly ordered the trial and execution of the five officers assigned to its defense and destruction.
Possessing around 500 poorly-trained and equipped men and 500 Ludendorff Bridge and Erpeler Ley tunnel at Erpel (eastern side of the Rhine) – First U. Army men and equipment pour across the Remagen Bridge; two knocked out jeeps in foreground. National Archives and Records Administration As Timmerman and his men began pressing forward, Bratge attempted to destroy the bridge.These rules have been composed after years of time and experience so do not think we are asking too much in all of us being adults within these rooms and as a community on the whole. From here you can access all features of your membership.Unable to secure artillery support, the 27th continued to observe the bridge.
When word of the bridge's status reached Brigadier General William Hoge, commanding Combat Command B, he issued orders for the 27th to advance into Remagen with support from the 14th Tank Battalion. Moving ahead, they found no major obstacles other than a machine gun nest overlooking the town square.Built during World War I, the railroad bridge remained intact with German forces retreating across its span.