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The Enns Bridge

 

Austria 1945 - Allied Partition Zones
Austria - Partition under Allied Occupation 1945.

Note the Enns Bridge at Linz as the entry point from the American Zone into the Soviet Zone, and the pass on the railway at Semmering as the entry point from the British Zone into the Soviet Zone. Unlike Berlin, Vienna had a central zone which was patrolled by all three powers jointly: Each JEEP would contain three soldiers, one from each of the occupying power. Outside of this central International Zone was the four zones of the British, American, Soviet and French occupiers. On his way to film The Third Man in Vienna, actor Joseph CottonWikipedia - was hauled off the train in the middle of the night on the Semmering PassWikipedia - as the train entered the Soviet controlle point and narrowly missed being detained there.

The Enns Bridge under Soviet Occupation
The eastern end of the Enns Bridge under Soviet Occupation. Link - CVCE

 

 

The Enns Bridge
Looking back across the Enns Bridge into the Allied Zone of Austria

 

Enns Bridge
Point of No Return. Looking across the Enns Bridge into the Soviet Zone. The Soviet border post was at the end of the bridge on the left. After this you could continue down the Danube to the Allied Zones in Vienna. The Danube runs parallel to the road on the northern (left hand) side.

 

US Army General meets Soviet Army General Dimitrov on the Enns Bridge at Enns
1945: General Walker meets General Dimitrov on the Enns Bridge. Note that there was no footbridge on either side of the road bridge at this time. ©Link - Skyscraper City

 

Maker's Plate on the Bridge
The maker's plate ©Link - Structurae

 

Enns Bridge on the Danube at Enns
Top left the Enns Bridge c1994 looking east into the Soviet Zone. Top right, the Soviet bank of the River in 1945. Center, US Army General Walker meets Soviet General Dimitrov on the bridge in 1945

 

 

 


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This was not the first time the Russians had reached the Enns Bridge: From Tolstoy's War and Peace :

    Kutuzov fell back towards Vienna, destroying behind him the bridges over the rivers Inn (in Braunau) and Traun (in Linz). On the twenty-third of October, the Russian troops were crossing the river Enns. At midday Russian transport, artillery, and troop columns were strung out through the town of Enns, on both sides of the bridge.
     The day was warm, autumnal, and rainy. The vast prospect that opened out from the height where the Russian batteries stood, defending the bridge, was now suddenly covered by a muslin curtain of slanting rain, then suddenly widened out, and in the sunlight objects became visible and clear in the distance, as if freshly varnished. At one's feet one could see the little town with its white houses and red roofs, the cathedral, and the bridge, on both sides of which streamed crowding masses of Russian troops. At the bend of the Danube one could see boats and an island, and a castle with a park, surrounded by the waters of the Enns falling into the Danube; one could see the left bank of the Danube, rocky and covered with pine forest, with a mysterious distance of green treetops and bluish gorges. One could see the towers of a convent looming up from the pine forest with its wild and untouched look, and far away on a hilltop, on the other side of the Enns, one could see the mounted patrols of the enemy.

 

 

 

WEYER on the ENNS

 

At Weyer on the Enns Wikipedia - Weyer was the second entrance to the Soviet Zone from the American Zone.

Weyer on the Enns

Weyer on the Enns
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+ SEE ALSO

+ Danube Road, Linz to Vienna.

 

+ EXTERNAL LINKS

+ Structurae Link - Structurae

+ Ennsdorf Link - Ennsdorf

 

 

 

 

 

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