Germany 1945 vs. Germany 2019

Track the battle.

Follow the route of US forces, including the “Big Red One,” as they repelled incessant German counter attacks, pushing forward for two gruelling weeks before breaking out of the Remagen Bridgehead.

See the foxholes.

Visit the trenches and the pockmarked buildings that bear testament to the ferocious fighting of March of 1945.

Hear the history.

Listen to the story of the battles and the remarkable peace that followed as told by Dr. Andrew Denison, renowned foreign affairs commentator and director of Transatlantic Networks, in Königswinter, Germany.

The Remagen Bridgehead Yesterday and Today

In the Romantic Rhineland, where the Romans once tended vineyards, where castles dot the hilltops, the defeat of Nazi Germany was suddenly and surprisingly hastened when on March 7th, 1945, American soldiers captured the intact Remagen Bridge across the Rhine and breached Hitler’s last defensive line.

In the fighting that took place in the 17 days between the capture of the bridge and the bridgehead breakout that led to the Ruhr Pocket, American forces saw combat as intense as any since the landing on Omaha.

What was once a battlefield is today a buccolic landscape, hills and dales, forests and small farms, half-timbered houses and medieval village churches, bearing testament to the peace and progress Germany has enjoyed over the past 70 years.

In German forests, dark and still, bomb craters, foxholes, and trenchlines remind one of the battle that once raged. In the villages, older buildings still show the scars of war, pockmarks and improvised repairs visible to the trained eye.

Important Bridgehead Sites: Block 1

  • See the bridge tower ruins where once the gigantic Ludendorf Bridge spanned the Rhine River.
  • Cross the Rhine on a small ferry and inspect the eastern bridge towers and tunnel.
  • Visit the remnants of a V-1 launch facility.

Important Bridgehead Sites: Block 2

  • See the Hotel Petersberg overlooking Rhine Valley where General Eisenhower visited March 26, 1945.
  • Visit the entrance to an underground weapons factory where 1,400 slave laborers made jet engine parts.
  • Tour a German War Cemetery that marks the place in Ittenbach where over 1,500 American war dead were temporarily buried.
  • See a road bridge, scarred by bullet holes, a part of the Reichsautobahn, causing heavy fighting over the town of Aegidienberg on March 13, 1945.
  • Visit a forest bunker still bearing testament to the heavy tank fire it received on March 21, 1945.
  • See the terrain where the decisive breakout Battle of Uckerath took place.
  • Tour American positions, including foxholes and mortar positions, as well as German zigzag trenches on the other side of the valley.
  • Dine in the medieval walled town of Blankenberg. “Not a shot was fired in this town and it was more of a sight-seeing trip instead of a tactical operation. There was an old castle perched on the top of the cliffs and almost all of the company went through it.” (After Action Report, Company C, 16 IR)

Dr. Andrew B. Denison

See and hear the difference between Germany in March 1945 and Germany today with Dr. Andrew Denison, Director of Transatlantic Networks and a well-known American political analyst and commentator in German media.

Hear the stories of the bridgehead breakout, of the soldiers, American and German, and the local civilians who suffered through those difficult days.

Charlie Company, 16th IR, First Infantry Division, captured Pleiserhohn on March 21, 1945. Since moving to Pleiserhohn in 1995, Denison has been researching, guiding, and lecturing on the days of fighting and the coming of peace to the villages and towns of the Remagen Bridgehead.

Dr. Denison with U.S. Veteran Paul Schumacher at Remagen Anniversary Ceremony, March 8, 2010

Remagen Bridgehead Battlefield Tours

c/o Dr. Andrew B. Denison
Pleiserhohnerstr. 93
D-53639 Königswinter
++49 2244 5539
++49 170 7763517


Tours in English and / or German

“The day’s fighting was as gruelling and hard-fought as any in the First Division’s campaigns in Europe.”

(First Division Official History, Danger Forward, p. 367, on battle of Uckerath)