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Cologne - Then and Now in one picture (2)

- 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.

Advance from Gladbacher Straße to Cathedral

 
 



March 6, 1945 at morning. US troops are reaching street Gladbacher Straße.

 



Pershing tank at junction street Spichernstraße.

 



Once again the Pershing tank at intersection Spichernstraße.

 

Intersection Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring. Coming from street Hansaring a private car is driving to Christophstraße. It is hit by the US troops, the driver dies immediately, the co-driver, a young woman dies later.

 

Gladbacher Straße, in background street Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring and church St. Gereon.

 

Intersection Gladbacher Straße / Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring.

 

Intersection Christophstraße / Von-Werth-Straße. Photo 1945 by Johnny Florea.

 

Christophstraße and Gladbacher Straße. Photo 1945 by Johnny Florea.

 



Intersection Christophstraße / Von-Werth-Straße. This private car, that was hit before by the US troops. The driver died immediately, the co-driver, a young woman, later.

 

Intersection Christophstraße / Von-Werth-Straße. Again the private car at the side. Pershing tank and Sherman tank in background.

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A destroyed German military car at intersection Christopstraße / Von-Werth-Straße.

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Once again Christophstraße. Infantrymen and armor of the First U.S. Army proceed through the streets. On the left side the German car shown in the picture before already. In foreground left a body lies in the guttor. The soldier looks very interested to the right side. 1945 photo by U.S. Signal Corps ETO-HQ-45-17864, Bundesarchiv.

 



The soldier is watching the private car on the right side of the street, it's the car the US troops had hit before. The driver died and the co-driver, the young woman lies next to the car, waiting for help / transport.

 



Pershing Panzer on Christophstraße on the way to the Cathedral.

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Street Gereonstraße next to church St. Gereon. German car was hit by the US troops. Driver dead next to his car.

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American tanks on street Gereonstraße.

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Again Gereonstraße with US troops, in background church St. Gereon.

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The Pershing tank on Gereonstraße, in background street Unter Sachsenhausen. Two soldiers are watching the area in background.

 



The Pershing is waiting on street Unter Sachsenhausen. It's the Cologne bank district, from where one can see the central station already.

 

On street An den Dominikanern, in background the house of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront and central station.

 
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The Pershing is waiting on street Unter Sachsenhausen. The house from where the photo was taken still exists. The pillar next to the staircase to the front door can be seen in both photos.

 



The Pershing tank is located on intersection Marzellenstraße / An den Dominikanern and fires. The German Panther tank at the cathedral is hit three times.

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Pershing tank comes back from his attack on the German Panther tank in front of the Cathedral.

 



The destroyed German Panther tank in front of the Cathedral.

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Again the destroyed Panther tank.

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The destroyed German Panther tank in front of the Cathedral.

 



The destroyed Panther tank, US soldiers and war correspondents are looking for the tank on March 07. 1945. Photo old Jim Bates, Pikes Peak Library District

 
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The Pershing crew in front of the destroyed building of Deutsche Bank in street An den Dominikanern. Today there's a building of the Deutsche Bank too which was buildt after the war.

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