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Normandy to VictoryThe War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army$
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John T. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125251

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.001.0001

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Crossing the Rhine River, 1–24 March 1945

Crossing the Rhine River, 1–24 March 1945

(p.315) 7 Crossing the Rhine River, 1–24 March 1945
Normandy to Victory

William C. Sylvan

Francis G. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter accounts the advance across the Erft River and the capture of the Remagen Bridge over the Rhine River. It reports that Gemund and Schleiden, two names which loomed large in the Boche December offensive, were captured by V Corps troops. The chapter provides an account of the taking of Cologne, the Reich's third-largest city, against light resistance and with only a few troops still holding out. It further reports that General Terry Allen's 104th Div cleared the city while the 3rd Armed Div continued the attack, to clear the enemy from the division sector north and west of the Rhine. The chapter estimates that more than 100,000 civilians still remained in Cologne, many of whom came out of their dugouts and wrecked houses to watch the troops roll in.

Keywords:   Erft River, Remagen Bridge, Rhine River, Gemund, Schleiden, December offensive, V Corps, Cologne, Terry Allen

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