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An American soldier watches a patrol moving towards the centre of Cologne, March 1945

Photograph, World War Two, North West Europe (1944-1945)1945.

Although the US 1st Army had captured the parts of Cologne on the west bank of the Rhine on 5-6 March 1945, the Germans had demolished the Hohenzollern Bridge before the Americans could capture it. However, the discovery of a partially damaged but intact bridge across the river at nearby Remagen by the US 9th Armoured Division allowed the Allies to secure a bridgehead and begin a full-scale crossing of the Rhine.

One of 49 official photographs from World War Two, taken in 1944 and 1945.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2005-10-21-9


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study collection

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