sightseeing tour tank duel - print version
In case you plan to visit Cologne and look for the places the tank duel took place, this page could be a little help for you. Here I have created a little city sightseeing tour, where you will visit the most relevant places of the tank duel. Duration of this tour is about 1 hour. Two small town plans are available too for give you a little orientation.|
View today: Hohenzollern Bridge
Let us now go towards the Cathedral. We are passing one building of the Museum Ludwig on the right side and then go sharply to the right. After a short distance there is a spiral staircase, we go down. There we see the tunnel where Trankgasse is coming out and as a second street the Johannisstrasse. The street coming from the old town is the street Domhof. Location 1945
View out of the tunnel in direction Komödienstraße
Let us go in that direction along the railway construction, on the central station forecourt we follow the large staircases on the left up to the cathedral.
Let us now follow the flow of pedestrians to the right along the cathedral.
At the northern tower of the cathedral we don't follow the other people going to the left towards the pedestrian zone but go straight ahead to the little part of the cathedral square where you will find some trees and benches. Straight ahead we now can see the tourist office. But we look to the right, down to the Trankgasse.
At this place the Panther tank was located when he had hit the Sherman and came here to wait for more US troops and tanks.
Let us now go down to the street corner, we look straight ahead into street Marzellenstrasse. The houses at the left corner and the right corner were already existing in 1945. At the end of the first road section we can clearly see the former house of the German Labor Front, from where cameraman Bates was filming the famous Panther sequence. The intersection in front of this house was the place where the Pershing shot and hit the Panther.
In 1945 the Komödienstrasse was not as wide as it is today. The former middle of the road was there where the midline road marking can be found today. Now we walk along the Komödienstrasse into western direction.
After about 120 meters, we will see a staircase between the houses on the left side which leads to the street Burgmauer.
The little passage to the St. Andreas church on the other side of the road still exists, the house at the corner now placed a few meters more backwards and in direction towards the cathedral. And at the old street corner there stood the second Sherman whe can see on the famous photo taken by Fred Ramage
Now look into western direction, where you can see a wide street area / a large intersection. Beyond the intersection you can see two streets leading from western city parts to the cathedral
We now cross the street to the other side of Komödienstrasse the next crosswalk.
Now we got to street corner Tunisstrasse / Komödienstrasse.
Around the corner we follow the street Tunisstrasse to the next intersection Tunisstrasse / Unter Sachsenhausen. The Tunisstrasse was built up after the war as part of the "Nord-Süd-Fahrt", a wide street through the city from the northern parts to the southern parts, in March 1945 it did not exist in this form.
We now look to the right. There we see streets Unter Sachsenhausen (at the beginning) and An den Dominikanern (in the further course). In background left we can see again the ancient house of the German Labor Front from where Bates was filming the Panther sequence
This street is still as wide as it was in 1945 and there are a few old buildings which were not destroyed during the war. In this street the US cameramen Bates and Rosenmann took several film scenes, in particular the shooting Pershing in front of the house of the German Labor Front
Let's go ahead on the right side of the road, about 50 meters further.
Let's go. 20 meters further, on the right side there's a building, the Deutsche Bank built up after the war.
Directly opposite on the other side of the road there was the post office building in 1945. In the movie we can see a German soldier capitulating in front of this building
The post building survived the war, but in the late 90s it was replaced by the modern construction of a senior residence.
Let's go to the intersection Marzellenstrasse / An den Dominikanern and watch the house on the other side, the former house of the German Labor Front, which today hosts the social court.
Bates and Rosenmann were Army cameramen and filmed the Panther scenes, Himes was an Army photographer. One photo was taken by an unknown photographer and can be found in the NARA archives.
Now look around the corner, at the end of the street there's the place where the Pershing hit the Panther
End of the tour.