Train Crossing The Moselle
A. Brockie Stevenson
In June 1944 advance elements of the Military Railway Service (MRS), part of the Army’s Transportation Corps, landed at Omaha Beach to survey the rail situation. During the advance across Europe Army engineers repaired damaged bridges and track, and the MRS operated the rail system until it could be turned over to civilian authorities. By the end of 1944 more than half of all Allied tonnage required to support the fighting forces in northern France moved by rail from the rear areas.