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Cologne - Then and Now in one picture (1)

Cologne, the days around March 06, 1945. Photos taken at this days compared with photos taken today. In one picture ...
There are three chapters, first chapter Cologne in general, chapter two the advance of the US troops from Gladbacher Straße to the Cathedral, chapter three the advance from Venloer Straße to the Cathedral. For several photos there are links to pictures with higher resolution, just click the bigger photo to close it after watching when you are using Javascript.
 
The pictures:
- Cologne in general
- Advance from Gladbacher Straße to the Cathedral
- Advance from Venloer Straße to the Cathedral

NARA ist the source of the historical photos, except where other names are mentioned.

Cologne in general

 
 



View from south tower of the Cologne Cathedral.
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Park in the old town, church Gross St. Martin and the house on the right side, Stapelhaus. Photo old archive Bernhard Leich / Bernhard Hilger.

 



The Cathedral, view from Hohenzollernbrücke. Photo by Bryan Allen / NARA

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Central Station.

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The building of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, today social court. People are waiting for their transport bus on March 7, 1945. Photo 1945 by Johnny Florea.

 

Intersection Marzellenstraße / Bahnhofstraße / An den Dominikanern on March 07. 1945. In background church St. Andreas, on the street a dead German soldier. Photo 1945 by Johnny Florea.

 

Cologne panorama. Left side the destroyed bridge Hindenburgbrücke. Photo old by Lt. Colonel Herbert Belin

 

The destroyed bridge Hindenburgbrücke. Photo old by Lt. Colonel Herbert Belin

 



US soldier on Trankgasse in front of the Cologne Cathedral. The sign was warning "tourists". The Cologne parts on the other side of Rhine river were still in German hands.

 

The Cologne Cathedral, northern side, looking from the square in front of the central station.

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View from street Burgmauer. Photo by Bryan Allen / NARA

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Another view from street Burgmauer.

 

Next to the house of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront.

 



In front of the house of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, again the people waiting for their removal. Today people are waiting for the start of their shopping tour. Photo old After the Battle.

 



Street Gereonstraße, soldiers walking along the street.

 

The destroyed bridge Hohenzollernbrücke. Photo by Bryan Allen / NARA

 
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US soldier standing in Hohenzollernbridge. Old photo taken by Bryan Allen / NARA

 
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View from Hohenzollenbridge, area what today is Rheingarten. Photo old Archiv Nachtsheim/Betz

 
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The Cologne panorama. Photo old by Lt. Colonel Herbert Belin

 

Church St. Ursula.

 

Fortunately only a photomontage - concerning the cathedral which wasn't destroyed in reality. At the end of WWII, after all the bombings, it could also have looked like this ....

 
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The way between Hohenzollernbridge and Cathedral. Photo old Bryan Allen / NARA

 
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US soldier standing in the gateway, guarding access to the Hohenzollernbridge. Old photo Bryan Allen / NARA

 
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Square Alter Markt with Jan von Werth monument. Photo old archive Henry Mace Cockburn

 
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Street Herzogstraße, in background right the Disch-Haus. Photo old by Lt. Colonel Herbert Belin

 
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Black marketeer at the Cologne Cathedral, in front of the building what today is the tourist office. Photo old archive Henry Mace Cockburn

 
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Square Heumarkt with destroyed equestrian monument Friedrich Wilhelm III. . Photo old by Lt. Colonel Herbert Belin

 
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Black marketeer at the Cologne Cathedral. Photo old archive Henry Mace Cockburn

 
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Aerial photo Cologne. Photo old San Diego Air and Space Museum, Photo new f. ermert

 
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Aerial photo Cologne. Photo old David Foster/James "Pop" Beadling, photo new
f. ermert

 
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Destroyed bridge Hindenburgbrücke, in background city district Deutz. Photo old archive Henry Mace Cockburn

 
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Square Neumarkt, in background destroyed church St. Aposteln. Photo old NARA

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