Pop Quiz: The Number of Bridge Spans

Photos taken in August 2020

Our next Wartime Bridge takes us to the village of Dömitz. The town is located on the River Elbe in the German state of Mecklenburg-Pommerania (MV) and is known for its lone crossing that connected MV and Lower Saxony, the Dömitz Elbe River Bridge.

While there are two crossings that exist, our focus is on the railroad bridge, which was built in 1873 and at the time of its opening, it was the longest bridge in Germany, with a length of just under one kilometer (exact: 986 meters). World War II and the subsequent division into East and West Germany- including the infamous border, doomed the structure for all that is left are 16 pony truss spans on the Lower Saxony side. All totaling 660 meters from its portal to the very last span before reaching the river.

Question to the forum:

Before writing more about the structure’s history here’s a pop quiz:

How many spans did the Dömitz Railroad Bridge have before it was bombed during World War II?

The answer will come next week. Good luck! 🙂