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The March to The Rhine

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Mersch Le pont sur l'Alzette The 2nd Engineers spent the night of November 22, 1918 at Reckange, Luxemburg. The following day they marched through Mersch crossing this bridge. This bridge no longer exists.
The 'Arch of Welcome' for the American soldiers at Mersch, Luxembourg November, 1918. THE AMERICANS ON THE MARCH TO THE RHINE
Before the ladders could be taken down from the arch of welcome erected in Mersch, Luxembourg, to greet the American army on the march to the Rhine, troops of the 2nd Division were pouring through the city in motor trucks, and the work of building and decorating the arch had to be completed while the Americans were actually marching beneath it.
Welcome arch erected in Mersch, Luxembourg. Welcome arch erected in Mersch, Luxembourg by the civil population for the American Army of Occupation marching through into Germany.
American troops passing through Luxembourg 1918 This image might be the 1st Division. I have no reason to believe that any element of the 2nd Division passed through the city of Luxembourg. Comments are welcome.
Entry of the 2nd Engineers into Germany on December 1, 1918 through Luxembourg. Entry of the 2nd Engineers into Germany on December 1, 1918 through Luxembourg.
Larochette, Luxembourg December 1, 1918 Larochette, Luxemburg [sic Luxembourg] December 1, 1918
Photo by 2nd Engineers
•See source information below.
The 2nd Engineers on the march to the Rhine between Geichlingen and Oberweiler, Germany Part of the Armistice terms was that troops would not cross the German frontier until Dec. 1, 1918. The 2nd Engineers were at Larochette, Luxembourg on Dec. 1. They crossed the Sauer River into Germany at Wallendorf. What a job that must have been. Along with 27,000 men went the artillery, wagons, vehicles, supplies and approximately 7,000 horses. My grandfather wrote: "Later we started walking thru Belgium to Germany on Rhine. We were 17 days walking in rain & mud. Sleep on wet ground of night. We were wet all time. Very little to eat on march to Rhine."
This photograph was taken between Geichlingen and Oberweiler, Germany. Google Map
Gerolstein, Germany Gerolstein, Germany
2nd Engineers at Pelm, Germany December 7, 1918 At Pelm, Germany December 7, 1918
The bridge at Remagen, Germany From Dec. 10th to the 13th, the regiment lived in Remagen-on-the-Rhine, and on the 14th, crossed the Rhine on the large steel bridge at Remagen, which was built by Allied Prisoners of War.
Map drawn by 2nd Engineers - March to Rhine Map drawn by 2nd Engineers depicting its march to the Rhine River during November and December, 1918.
"The large bridge, which replaced the one that your ancestor (the 2nd Division) crossed back in 1918, was constructed and inaugurated in 1957, as comes forth from an information brochure from the City of Mersch published in 1989. At the same time the old stone bridge was destroyed."
The trail of the 2nd Division during the march to the Rhine River 1918. This is a work in progress to determine the route of the 2nd Division's march to the Rhine.
 Co. D 2d Engrs., March to the Rhine - War Diary
9th Infantry Route of march to the Rhine
12th Field Artillery Route of march to the Rhine

• Photograph Scan, John Hayes White World War I Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Oklahoma State University Libraries.
• Gift of Barbara Tessmann, John Hayes White's great-great-niece.
• Processed by Kelsey Sievers, December 2011, and Sarah Coates, January 2012.
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