Across the Rhine! Allies break through @ Remagen today in WW2 history 3/7/45. When Bradley reported to Ike that the Germans at the Ludendorff bridge had been surprised by the speed of the American advance and failed to blow it, Ike responded - fairly shouting into the phone - "How much have you got in that vicinity that you can throw across the river?!" 4 divisions was the answer. Within two days the bridgehead was expanded 3 miles into German territory.