With the capture
of the Ludendorff Bridge by Company C, 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion,
9th Armored Division and elements of the 47th Infantry Regiment,
9th Infantry Division, on March 8th, 1945, the 99th Infantry Division
was quickly moved from its concentration area along the Erft Canal
and the Rhein to an area in the vicinity of Arzdorf, south of
The 393rd Regiment moved on the night of 9-10 March in a drizzling
rain through towns still flaming and smoldering from vicious air
and artillery assaults, closing in the new area about 04:00 hrs
on March 10th.
No one who crossed that bridge in the first few days would ever
forget the experience. The Germans did everything they could to
destroy the bridge; artillery, air assaults, floating TNT by swimming
commandos and even eleven V-2 rockets were fired from the Hellendoorn
area in the Netherlands.
Foot elements and a few supply vehicles of the 99th Division's
393rd Regiment crossed first. More casualties were sustained in
the crossing than at any time since the January offensive in the
Monschau Forest. "Dead Man's Corner - the intersection just
before the bridge - was a scene of much carnage. MP's directing
traffic there would fall wounded or killed and another would take
Eight thousand soldiers would cross the bridge in the first 24
hours. When the 99th Division crossing was completed, they were
the "first full American division" on the east side
of the Rhein River. Additional combat teams of the 9th Armored,
9th Infantry and 78th Infantry Divisions also crossed during this
On March 17, after ten days of attack and bombardment, the Ludendorff
Bridge collapsed killing 28 Army engineers that were working to
strengthen the weakened bridge.
Sixty-five years later, the 99th Infantry
Division, 393rd Regiment, Easy Company reenactors, headquartered
in Erie, PA, honored this historical World War II event in the
Borough of Tidioute, PA.
With over 200 participating reenactors, the second annual "Battle
of Remagen" was staged at the town's bridge over the Allegheny
River and gives an authentic period style of construction similar
to that of the original Ludendorff Bridge that American soldiers
fought and died to capture in 1945.
Reenactors from 10 states (Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, New Jersey,
Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Massachusetts)
and Canada came to this year's event.
Several vehicles, both German and American were taking part in
the action. An estimated crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 spectators watched
as the GI's attacked through Tidioute, ever pushing the German
units back across the bridge.
Cartwright Fireworks of Franklin, PA, provided the pyrotechnics
again this year and engulfed the bridge with fire and explosions.
The infantrymen and Jeep convoy then pushed across the bridge
and destroyed the German garrison on the opposite side.
FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK IN 2011 !
Russell Haney, Pleasantville, PA
David Dorson, Hudson, OH
Mr. Dorson has driven this WC-13 over 14,000 miles in
the last year. Participating in the Trans-Continental
Convoy from East Coast to West Coast of US and back home!
Jared Previte, Burton, OH
1944 Type 82
Alex Szakacs, Toronto, Canada