This is Sgt Robert Early - Left and John Deriggi - right, in their M-26 Pershing on the way
into the central square where the German Panther is waiting in front of the Catheral. He has to make a left turn. and be ready to fire.
The M-26 has turned left and entered the square. Cpl.Clarence Smoyer sees the tank and is traversing his gun toward his target.
Cpl Smoyer sees that the Panther has his gun pointing at his tank and he fires before the driver stops.
After Cpl Smoyer hit the Panther again, the crew start to bale out. The driver is making a run but gets to the back of the building and dies.
Two more men escape the tank but die near by.
Another crew member bails out and falls dead over a bicycle.
The tank commander can not get out and burns up.
The tank burns all night.
The 36th. Armored Regiment clean up Cologne in house to house fighting with most of the building in rubble.
More 36th. Infantry mop up Cologne.
M-24 (T-26) Tank Crew
Top Left Cmdr
These are the Street Cars the Germans used to try to block the 3 AD advance.
This is what's left of the Rail Road Station.
The Entrance to the bridge in Cologne across the Rhine.
The Germans blew the Hohenzollern Bridge when the Third Armored advanced into Cologne.
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