Then and Now: Cologne Dome Plateau, 1945 vs 2011

koln dome plateau ww2 then and now

Köln Dome Plateau, 1945 vs 2011.

In the historical photograph, taken on April 4th, 1945, we can see a US corporal standing besides an US Army announcement and a wrecked German Panther tank.

The announcement reads “Sight seers keep out! Beyond this point you draw fire on our fighting men. He risks his life 24 hours a day. Do you??”

The Köln Cathedral was famously left standing in a flattened city despite being hit and damaged by 14 bombs during World War II.

Book suggestion ⤵️

📖 Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II (Adam Makos, 2019)

Note: The above collage was not created by WW2HistoryBook, but the original source could not be found. It could be, so we’ll mention them just in case.

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