The US Army is charging for the Rhine, the last physical barrier to the German heartland. Leading the march of the US First Army is Combat Command B of the 9th Armored Division. The Rhine has always been the objective, but no one expects the Germans to leave any of the bridges across the river intact.
On 7 March 1945, lead elements of Task Force Engeman discover that Remagen's Ludendorff Bridge is still intact, and Brigadier General Hoge instantly recognises that a decisive battle is upon his troops. He orders the bridge to be captured.
Meanwhile, Major Hans Scheller, commander of the German defenders, gives the order for the bridge to be demolished. As the first American soldiers set foot on the bridge, it explodes in a massive plume of smoke and debris. After the dust settles, everyone is stunned to find the bridge still stands.