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Today in World War II History—March 17, 1940 & 1945

Ludendorff Bridge shortly after the collapse, Remagen, Germany, circa 17 Mar 1945. (US National Archives: ARC 195343)

Ludendorff Bridge shortly after the collapse, Remagen, Germany, circa 17 Mar 1945. (US National Archives: ARC 195343)

80 Years Ago—March 17, 1940: Fritz Todt is named German Minister for Armaments and Munitions.

75 Years Ago—March 17, 1945: Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen collapses under German Ar 234 jet attack, but five US divisions had already crossed—American engineers erect new pontoon bridge in ten hours.

US 5th Marine Division launches assault against last resistance on Iwo Jima at Kitano Point.

One response to “Today in World War II History—March 17, 1940 & 1945”

  1. Yeoman says:

    Todt, it might be noted, translates as “Death” from the German.

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