March 1945 - Duel at the Cathedral
US Troops Battle for Cologne and Access to the Rhine
Previous top secret US Army combat footage is presented
throughout this outstanding, historical DVD production…
The riveting events documented in this superb, truly one-of-a-kind historical DVD take place in Cologne, the largest German city captured by US troops during World War II.
In early March 1945, advancing combat troops of the US Third Armored „Spearhead“ Division entered the outskirts of the totally bombed-out dead city of Cologne. They encountered sporadic resistance from a small number of fanatic followers of Hitler’s brutal „DurchhalteBefehl“, the order to fight to the last bullet. Two days later, the GIs had reached the banks of the Rhine river. Here at the foot of the world-famous Cathedral, a dramatic tank encounter took place. Shortly thereafter, the battle for Cologne was over.
Additional Background Information: Eight months after D-Day,
US troops were on the cusp of a rapidly nearing, long-awaited milestone, the capture of Cologne and access to the river Rhine.
The impending battle has dominated the headlines of the world press for days. Dozens of correspondents (including young Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney), photographers, and cameramen had been closely following the combat US troops to report in great detail on the unfolding dramatic events.
Based on several years of extensive, painstaking research substantially aided by the excellent cooperation of the US Army Archives in St. Louis, MO, the National Archives in Washington,
DC as well as a large number of international source material, the well-known Cologne Historian and producer Hermann Rheindorf also conducted numerous never before released interviews with both, German and American surviving participants and witnesses of the fateful tank battle in the shadow of the cathedral.
Featured Eye Witnesses:
• Andy Rooney, then war correspondent for "The Stars & Stripes"
• Clarence Smoyer (3rd Armored Division)
• Clarence Voight Garrell (US Signal Corps cameraman)
• Leon Rosenmann (US Signal Corps cameraman)
• Francis Wilber (104th Infantry Division)
• James Bates (US Signal Corps cameraman)
• Robert Ziller (RAF-cameraman)
• Engelbert Bockhoff (9. Panzerdivision)
• Gustav Schäfer (Panzerbrigade 106)
• Günther Müller (360 Volksgrenadier-Division) and many others
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