Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Encircling the Nazi War Machine & German Capitulation
April - May 1945
The final defeat of the enemy, which we had long calculated would be accomplished in the spring and summer campaign of 1945, was suddenly, now, just around the corner.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
With the Bridge at Remagen, allied forces were now racing into the heart of Germany. The U.S. Ninth and British Second Armies crossed the Rhine in the North, the U.S. First Army (with the 78th Division) opened the main salient out of Remagen south of the Ruhr, while Patton's Third Army crossed near Mainz and the U.S. Seventh Army was doing the same further south.
On April 1, 1945 the U.S. First and Ninth Armies met at Lippstadt, thus encircling the Ruhr Industrial Valley. Trapped inside were 300,000 SS troops, hundreds of tanks, and the key manufacturing cities of Dusseldorf, Essen, Hamm, Dortmund and Duisburg. The 78th was sent right into the middle of the Ruhr Valley, to Wuppertal, to clean out the resistance. Having cut the war-making capability from the German Armies in the field, the war was all over for Hitler.
The Ruhr pocket operation took only
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 1945.
Location. 39° 26.386′ N, 78° 58.62′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on East Piedmont Street (West Virginia Route 46) just west of North Davis Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 E Piedmont St, Keyser WV 26726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bridge at Remagen (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Bridge at Remagen (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Bridge at Remagen (here, next to this marker); The Aftermath of Kesternich / Germans Retreat (here, next to this marker); The Battle for Kesternich (here, next to this marker); The Medal of Honor (here, next to this marker); Jonah Edward Kelley (here, next to this marker); Regaining the Initiative (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
1. Adolf Hitler's date of suicide - correction
Contrary to the marker's indicated date of April 19th, Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945.
— Submitted July 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on July 14, 2020.