Gaso.Line Gas48002 US 32-Ton Floating Treadway Bridge Used During the Crossing of the Rhine (1:50 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
The Central Europe Campaign is the name given by the Allied Forces in World War II to the military operations conducted in central Europe from March 22nd to May 11th, 1945. It led to the surrender of Germany.
By the early spring of 1945 events favored the Allied forces in Europe. On the western front the allies had by January turned back the Germans' in the Battle of the Bulge. The failure of this last major German offensive exhausted much of Germany's remaining combat strength, leaving it ill-prepared to resist the final Allied campaigns in Europe. Additional losses in the Rhineland further weakened the German Army, leaving shattered remnants of units to defend the east bank of the Rhine. By mid-March the western Allies had pushed to the Rhine along most of the front, had seized an intact bridge at Remagen, and had even established a small bridgehead on the river's east bank.
In the east the Soviets had overrun most of Poland, pushed into Hungary and eastern Czechoslovakia, and temporarily halted at the German border on the Oder-Neisse line. These rapid advances on the Eastern Front destroyed additional veteran German combat units and severely limited Hitler's ability to reinforce his Rhine defenses. Thus, as the western Allies completed their preparations for the final drive into the heart of Germany, victory seemed within sight.
Pictured here is a section of a Us-built 32-ton Floating Treadway Bridge used during the Crossing of the Rhine. A number of these sections had to be laid end-to-end to effect a crossing of the Rhine. Sold Out!