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Old 03-11-2020, 01:48 AM   #1
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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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Remagen


AP Archive: Remagen (Ludendorff) Bridge, Germany

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4EsteSmIso


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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es3AbkfcUoQ























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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Old 03-11-2020, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen

Great exhibit Fred and like the use of actual artefacts to support the story as I find both enhance each-other and bring a sense of historical connection to those who peruse the display. Thanks for sharing. P.S. be sure to tie-down those fuel cans, the Germans are hard up for it - "Where did you find that benzin Hans?"..."why it fell off the back of a tank". Cheers, Steve
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:57 PM   #3
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Very cool display. I like the actual artifacts as well. Nice looking figures and Sherman as well. Nice summary. Time to watch the movie again!
Nice work.
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Old 03-12-2020, 12:19 AM   #4
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Awesome figures and display
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Old 03-13-2020, 07:57 PM   #5
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I always enjoy your figures the display and the historical background.

Thanks for keeping the hobby alive Fred.

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Old 03-14-2020, 05:14 PM   #6
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Awesome presentation Fred, nicely researched, the figures look great!!!
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nicely done, and nicely researched!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:47 AM   #8
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Re: The Bridge at Remagen

Thank you guys for the compliments! I'm glad you enjoyed the display!

Steve - you're right, my gas and water can tie-down game needs improvement on the tank. I shorted myself there as I was borrowing the tank and it wasn't my own.

Thank you guys again for the comments!

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