Before the winners of the 2021 Bridgehunter Awards were announced, I received an inquiry in my mailbox from one of the readers. Jim Rungee is looking for some information pertaining to this bridge in the picture. It was a Warren deck truss bridge with riveted connections and alternating vertical beams, which means it was built in the 1920s or 30s. It was blown up in World War II, and this photo, taken by Jim’s grandfather Joe Rungee, is what was left of it. According to Jim, Joe was stationed in Germany, having been involved in combat and traveled from Bavaria, all the way to the north in Hannover and Bremen, making stops along the Rhine at Heidelberg, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, as well as in the Bavarian Alps near Garmisch-Parteienkirchen and Rosenheim, Ulm, Munich, Stuttgart, Augsburg and Saarbrücken. A map of Joe’s journey is enclosed below:
Looking at the picture more closely, the area is heavily forested and the river is wide enough for shipping traffic, which narrows the river search down to the Rhine, Neckar, Isar and Inn Rivers. While Bremen and Bremerhaven are both along the Weser, the area is relatively flat in comparison to the hilly scenery in the picture. Much of Joe’s time was in the south of Germany which would place this bridge somewhere in Bavaria or Baden-Württemberg.
The question is where exactly? Thousands of bridges in Germany were destroyed during the war, 75% of which was through Adolf Hitler’s scorched Earth policy of blowing up every crossing to stop the advancing Allied Troops in the last year of the war, many of them were replaced with simpler truss, arch or beam spans in order to get the country moving again in the rebuilding efforts, which makes it very likely that this bridge has long since been replaced. Still, it makes a person wonder, where this bridge is located. The hunch is somewhere in the south along the aforementioned rivers- possibly Ulm or Munich, or even in the Frankfurt area along the Rhine. The question still remains…..
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