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“The response to the capture of the bridge throughout the whole First Army was astounding.”

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John Phillip Manger, Bruhl, Germany, May 1945
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 164th Engineer Battalion
Service Location: Fort Logan, Colorado; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Camp Howze, Texas; Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi; Camp Shanks, New York; England; Normandy, France; Belgium; Germany; European Theater
Rank: Captain
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John Manger put his college engineering degree to good work as a member of the 164th Engineer Battalion in the European Theater of World War II. Captain Manger and his men were responsible for building, fortifying, and protecting bridges that would speed the Allies’ push to victory in the wake of the Normandy Invasion. Their key job was at Remagen, an important railroad bridge across the Rhine River. The Germans were determined to destroy the bridge, even employing swimmers to attach explosives to its base. Manger’s collection includes several documents which contain invaluable details about this story.

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 Official Documents (6 items)
Unit History Battalions Second Anniversary Mrs. Margaret S. Manger Camp Howze I.D. Card
Mrs. Margaret S. Manger Camp Van Dorn Special Pass Reserve officer's Qualification and availability questionnaire Report on Construction of Dinant Bridge Meuse River , Belgium 9/11/44 to 9/19/44 164th Engineer Combat Battalion

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