Photo 154 – Nierstein

Bridge near Nierstein
Photo 154 – Nierstein – photo dir West

Location: Nierstein, Germany
Grid location: wM443409
Latitude/Longitude: 49.866776 N 8.355184 E
Started: March 23, 1945
Completed: March 24, 1945
Type: Floating Bailey
Length: 1200 feet
Class: Not listed
Built by Company A, attached to 88th Heavy Ponton Battalion

Location estimated based on grid location and road configuration.

This may be the bridge from which General George Patton famously relieved himself into the Rhine. Several pontoon bridges were constructed in this area to support the Third Army’s assault across the river. This bridge was completed in the appropriate time frame and appears to be of the appropriate type of bridge, similar to that shown in photos of the “event.” More details are at “Patton’s Third Army Crosses the Rhine” at The Daily Chronicles of World War II site.