|total length||326 m|
Bridge is mined with explosives.
|7 March 1945||
German commanders order the bridge to be detonated, but the ignition system malfunctions. A volunteer lights the fuse by hand, the bridge is lifted up, but lands back in place and is only partially damaged.
|17 March 1945||
After 25 000 troops have crossed the bridge, it collapses due to the heavy damaged from shelling and the detonation. 28 American soldiers go down with the bridge.
Relevant Web Sites
- Brücken. Die Geschichte berühmter Brücken. Könemann, Cologne (Germany), pp. 87-87. (1998):
- Les ponts. Une histoire des plus grands et plus célèbres ponts du monde. Könemann, Cologne (Germany), pp. 87-87. :
- Bridges. A history of the world's most famous and important spans. Black Dog & Leventhal, New York (USA), pp. 87-87. (1997):
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