|This is where the bridge stood in the famous german anti war movie Die Brücke (The Bridge) from 1959. |
It's crossing a side arm of the river Regen at the city of Cham.
The story in the film:
Into April 1945 in a German town 7 about 16 years old boys of a grade to the armed forces drawn. Everyone of the boys has another social background. One is son of the local group leader of the NSDAP, one is the son of an old officer family. The fathers of the boys are - except for two exceptions (the father of Karl, who is war-hurt, and who of walter (local group leader)) - all in the war or already please. Most adults - mothers, teacher, who village policeman - despaired because of the summoning, but nobody dares to insert against it contradiction. The boys however look forward to the "adventure", "finally in the fight to work satisfactorily to be allowed itself". After only one day training they are to be already used. Since one of their teachers uses itself with the responsible officer for it, this looks for possibilities of protecting the boys the worst one. Opposite its battalion commander it gives to consider that the too young and too badly trained soldiers of the combat place would shift to flee and thus the whole company in panic. Therefore the seven boys are finally used for the defense of an apparent completely unimportant bridge in their homeland small town, which displeases them - they would rather fight at foremost front. The boys are subordinated to an experienced NCO, who is to ensure that they leave the bridge, before the enemy attacks, because the bridge was intended for breakup anyway from the outset and the Americans had already continued to conquer a bridgehead north. When the NCO without its rifle goes getting coffee, it is regarded and shot by fanatischen field gendarmes as a deserter. Although they warn themselves by civilians and withdrawing armed forces soldiers, the alone left young people regard their order as "national obligation" and to await out. First still in that ever more doubted hope that its NCO comes back. But already very soon they are confronted with the hard reality of the war. When at far distance a hostile flighter pilot goes past, one of the boys, throws itself Siegfried, on the soil and thereupon laughed at by his friends. The flighter pilot returns however and attacks the bridge. This time the remaining boys throw themselves on the soil. Siegfried however stops and is deadly met. Still four further boys will fall, them can force the moving forward tank point nevertheless before to the retreat. In a memorable scene thereby an American soldier is shot, them "incoming goods don't fight kids! Go home or go ton of child guards!" zuruft. The boy Karl fired bit a machine gun salvo, which breaks the belly of the soldier and lets these under most painful pain die. When at the end the bridge, which the boys among so large victims defended, is being blown up but still like planned of three armed forces soldiers, the two survivors oppose the blowing up command. After a short dispute they shoot one of the three soldiers. The others flee and kill one of the two boys thereby with a salvo from a submachine gun. Thus remains a only one, more hurt and deeply verstoerter young person. The film closes with a mute view of the apokalyptischen scene. The reference is faded in: "this happened on 27 April 1945. It was so insignificant that it was mentioned in no army report."
The old bridge was build 1925 and demolished 1989. 1991 a new one was opened.