CologneHistory in moving pictures

March 1945 - Duel at the Cathedral
U.S. troops battle for Cologne & the Rhine
a documentary by Hermann Rheindorf
part1: The attack on Cologne

Based on several years of research into the background and contemporary witnesses, this documentary reconstructs the advance of US troops into Cologne and shows crucial moments of the battle for the city in March 5 -7, 1945. Featured eye witnesses: Andy Rooney (correspondent "The Starts&Stripes"), Clarence Smoyer (3rd Armored Division), Francis Wilber (104th Infantry Division), James Bates (U.S. Signal corps cameraman), Robert Ziller (RAF-cameraman), Manfred Bockhoff (9.Panzerdivision), Gustav Schäfer (Panzerbrigade 106), Günther Müller (360 Volksgrenadier-Division) and many others.

part1 of this documentary contains a.o. the following chapters:

1. Introduction: Cologne 1945 - the end (color footage)
2. U.S. forces at the city limits of Cologne
3. The german defence
4. The last air raid on Cologne
5. First fighting in Cologne
6. The attack on the inner city
7. A young woman between the frontlines
8. The demolition of the Hohenzollernbridge
9. Commanding General Ernst Günther Baade
10. Escape over the Rhine - part 1
11. Tank duel at the Cathedral - part 1: the german attack

Now available as VoD on
part 1: the attack on Cologne (80min.)
part 2: battle for Cathedral & Rhine (60min.)
extra1: Cologne tank duel: the factual pictures (30min.)
extra2: battle of the peace - 100 days of U.S. military government in Cologne (18min.)

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