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    The Bridge at Remagen

    OPERATION LUMBERJACK
    A COMPANY, 14TH TANK BATTALION, 9TH ARMORED DIVISION
    A COMPANY, 27TH ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION, 9TH ARMORED DIVISION
    LUDENDORFF RAILROAD BRIDGE
    REMAGEN, GERMANY
    7 MARCH 1945




    On Saturday, March 7th, 2020, I marked the 75th Anniversary of the 9th Armored Division capturing the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge at the SSCC's 12th Annual FIGURECON. A small display, I initially planned an entirely different scene with action, but my base plans fell through when I couldn't acquire the live steam gauge rail I needed for the dio base. So I made do with what I had or could borrow - see below.



    Special Thanks To:

    Phil - For lending me the DML M4A3 Sherman and the two US Army blankets for table covers.



    References/More Information:


    Print:

    Osprey Campaign No. 175: Remagen 1945: Endgame against the Third Reich

    Time-Life WWII Vol. 22: Across The Rhine

    YANK Magazine Continental Edition Vol. 1, No. 36 - April 1, 1945: The Accidental Crossing of the Rhine at Remagen

    LIFE Magazine Vol. 18, No. 12 - March 19, 1945: The Germans Crumble in the West



    On The Web:


    Wikipedia: The Battle of Remagen

    Battle of Remagen - Wikipedia


    AP Archive: Remagen (Ludendorff) Bridge, Germany

    Remagen (Ludendorff) Bridge, Germany - YouTube


    Mark Felton Productions - Remagen 1945 - The Race for the Bridge:

    Remagen 1945 - The Race for the Bridge - YouTube























    First Lieutenant Karl Timmermann
    Commanding Officer, A Company, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Capturing the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge








    First Lieutenant John Grimball
    Commanding Officer, A Company, 14th Tank Battalion
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Capturing the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge








    Sergeant Alexander Drabik
    A Company, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion
    First US Soldier Across The Rhine
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for Capturing the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge








    Private First Class Marvin Jensen
    A Company, 27th Armored Infantry Battalion
    Second US Soldier Across The Rhine
    Awarded the Silver Star for Capturing the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge




    Four of the 9th Armored Division's M-26 Pershing tanks from A Company, 14th Tank Battalion were first to the bridge. The remainder of A Company, 14th Armored Division consisted of Shermans as 9th Armored Division split the 10 initial Pershings sent to the ETO in half with 3rd Armored Division. To my knowledge, John from East Coast Armory is the only person to have ever made a M-26 Pershing in 1:6th. Given their limited number in our scale, I've borrowed a DML M4A3 Sherman from my friend Phil and dressed it up in 9th Armored markings, added the tank commander, crates, gas and water cans, musette bags, and GP bags.

    Picture the tank commander yelling to the loader and gunner of his tank to cover the east bank of the Rhine in smoke while Timmermann's armored doughs charge the bridge.

    Of note, due to the weight of the Pershing and the damage suffered to the bridge; Shermans were the first tanks across the Rhine.


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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Wow Fred, What a fantastic setup and a great dedication to the sacrifice that was made in the battle for Remagan. Just love the Sherman and how you placed the gear on it. Great job on the GIs. Super work.

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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Very nice display, congratulations!

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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Well done

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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Very cool. Reminds me of that "dark" 60s movie version.
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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Nice work.

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    Re: The Bridge at Remagen

    Thanks for the compliments guys!

    Much appreciated!

    Fred

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