These elements of the movie happened in reality:-the bridge at Remagen was accidentally captured intact by US forces;-the Germans unsuccessfully tried to blow it up, repeatedly;-the Americans lost a lot of men in the fighting around the bridges;-the German commander of the defense at the bridge was court martialed and executed by the Germans; Following are the more bizarre real events of the bridge at Remagen.The commander of the US re con force that spotted the bridge first, was an man named Karl Timmerman! His father had stayed in Europe following his tour of duty during the First World War. Karl Timmerman was born and grew up in Germany, NEAR the bridge at Remagen. Timmerman and his men took the bridge and the Germans guarding it completely by surprise.Joachim Hansen ("Breakthrough") disagrees with Schmidt; he is devoted to the High Command and wants a battle with the Americans more than anything.
As a recreation of war it is quite convincing, I couldn't spot anything wrong with the military equipment.Tired and ill-motivated Americans, desperate and scared Germans.Nothing glorious or patriotic: there is even a scene with American planes bombing refugees and Germans trying to protect them!They made many attacks and bombed the bridge from the air, even with the first jet-bombers.The movie was really okay, much much better than 'Battle Of The Bulge' or even 'The Battle Of Britain.' I remember seeing this movie in the late 1970s and liked it a lot and still watch it every time it's broadcast not infrequently on television .
These are complex, solid characters, and the actors are good throughout.There is nothing superhuman, just individuals, very low on humanity or manners.The battle scenes are exciting and give a good, clear picture of the fighting instead of just chaotic shots of shooting and explosions. However, the people are never lost among the warfare.American director John Guillermin, known for several epic "clunkers", pulls together this rather tense look at one of the most important battles of World War II: American forces clash with the Germans at Remagen, where the last intact bridge over the Rhine stands between the two opposing forces.