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It seems a new habit to set up large scale prints of old photos on the very place where they had been taken long ago.

This is Rhine river, with a view from left to right bank. Let's set back the year to the spring of 1945. WW II is not quite over yet, but U.S. troops have managed to capture Ludendorff bridge at Remagen, Germany, and establish a first bridgehead on the right bank. Before the damaged railway bridge collapsed ten days later, several additional ponton bridges were constructed.

This is the site where Rozisch-Blackburn-Thompkins Bridge from Kripp (left) to Linz (right bank) was in service for a few weeks, well guarded by two members of the U.S. Military Police.
By direct comparison of both views, you will notice that the ponton bridge must have been one or two hundred yards downstream.

The lack of trees immediately after the end of hostilities is remarkable. People were lacking coal and cut down everything which would fit into an oven.

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 389 W: 1 N: 1124] (5135)
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