Tanks and troops of U.S. First Army enter Cologne, Germany,during World War II.
Cologne Germany Date:1945, March Duration:2 min 33 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. First Army troops advance in Cologne, Germany during World War II. View of Cologne Cathedral still standing. Sherman tanks tow away street cars used to block roads. M-26 Pershing tanks roll through streets of Cologne. City almost destroyed by bombing. U.S. Soldiers walk through streets and fire machine guns from behind piles of rubble. Heaps of debris on streets. A German car is struck by a collapsing building. U.S. troops shoot at German soldier walking across street. Sherman tank firing from a park square. A German tank is hit and the crew jumps out. The tank explodes. Wounded German soldier lying on ground. Two American officers shake hands, standing on an abandoned German Panther tank, in front of the Great Dome Cathedral, which was deliberately spared by U.S. bombers. Many German prisoners. Hohenzollern Bridge, destroyed by retreating German forces. A road sign reads: "Welcome to Koln, courtesy of the Spearhead Division." German residents stream back into the wrecked city. A German man sits on his luggage next to a damaged train track. Damaged street car on rubble-filled street. Views of the Cologne Cathedral, standing in the midst of destroyed city.
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