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Street Fighting In Cologne.

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Published on Mar 4, 2010

On 6th March 1945 elements of the 3rd Armoured Division and U.S. 1st Army fought their way into the German city of Cologne. The following footage was taken by Sgt. Jim Bates of the 1st Army Signal Corps. (Warning- some graphic content).

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Strigoi Mortii
good video, horrible music
ramiel01
Press M
DAVID Marshall
my Dad was stationed in Germany during his days of national service, 1951/53. he was mostly Paderborn, 8th RTR Centurian Tanks. he visited Cologne and told us as kids how the Cathedral was still bearing some hefty war damage. looking at this, I'm not surprised. Dad thought the Germans were a great people who made him very welcome during his time there. if ever there were problems with the Tank he said most of the Farmers would get it sorted. best engineers going he reckoned. he went back many times over the years. miss you Dad.
There Were No Gas Chambers
Yeah, we were fighting the wrong enemy in WW II, the Germans were the good guys trying to defend Europe from communism. Look at it now, that is what 70 years of leftist progressives will do.
Joe Killen
It's amazing seeing my grandfather in this film. He is top right of tank at 8:45. John DeRiggi Sr
tusk70
The woman in 3:28 was in a car with her boss, trying to escape. Her name was Katharina Esser. Her boss was killed by bullets (american or german, who knows) and died in the car. After some medics took care of her, she was laid down near the car. Unfortunately an american tank drove over her body, killing her.
Rick Vacha
The woman that was in the car was still alive when they pulled her out onto the street. But a tank ended up running her over . A woman hiding in a nearby basement saw what happened.
Andrew Corby
/watch?v=FFU4q2KkVmA - Skip to 12:00 for written source
decimated550
where is that written? source?
Mojo Risin
Amazing footage. What I notice is that the American troops could move without actually taking cover. Clearly shows that Germany was near it ends.
arma2able
My grandpa said that we had must fight together against the East 
Spit_Fire
The west front was actually abandoned by the Germans, because nearly all troops were on the east front fighting against Commies.
Tran Mere
I guess most of German armor losses in 1943-45 were not combat but mostly logistical (lag of fuel, spare parts, weather...) Perhaps most of destroyed German tanks were destroyed by their own crews.
Patrick Seburn
Big WWII buff and been to the Kolner Dom. I think this is some of the best combat footage ever taken, esp. as it includes the civilians just trying to get on with life. It was hard not to think of this footage when strolling around the city and having a Kolsch beer at Paffgens brewery.
There Were No Gas Chambers
The Germans were the good guy, trying to save Europe from communism. Even Gen. Patton figured this out at the end of the war.
speedabit
Is that guy just run and gun with M1919 at 2:28?
Nathan Peterson
Think so.
decimated550
i love the music with the guitars stomping in at 5:30
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