Ludendorff Bridge collapse

New Images of the Ludendorff Bridge (known during and shortly after World War II as "the bridge near Remagen") collapse.

The bridge was captured intact. Learn more about this event here.

All photographs on this page are official United States Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Navy. Image Captions by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

All below images were published in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' book, "Pictorial History of World War II: The War In Europe (Memorial Edition)" on pages 352 and 353. Originally published in 1951 and 1952.
This is the first time these images have appeared in the Internet.

For several days after it fell to Allied hands the bridge at Remagen was probably the most used bridge in the world. Here on March 17 engineers put down rails. Four hours later the bridge collapsed with 400 U.S. troops on it.

A view after the collapse. Medics and engineers search for possible survivors.

The collapse from a different angle. In addition to traffic, the bridge was weakened by German shelling. By this time the Allies held the east bank securely.