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US soldiers firing machine guns and a German Panther tank is fired on and erupts in flames in Cologne, Germany.
The US soldiers of the 3rd Armored Division in Cologne, Germany during World War II. Rubbled buildings along the street sides. Tanks advance through the debris filled streets. Two soldiers atop pile of debris poised with rifles at the ready. Soldier in prone position atop pile of debris fires a machine gun. View of a German Mark V Panther tank in Komödienstrasse near the Cologne Cathedral. This is shortly after it had knocked out at least one US M4 Sherman tank in Cologne that day. The Panther is one of three German tanks remaining in the city. Combat camera footage from Cameraman Jim Bates shows the attack on the Panther tank as seen from Bates’ position in the Deutsche Arbeitsfront building. The Panther is hit by fire from gunner Corporal Clarence Smoyer in a M-26 series Pershing tank (a T26E3) with a 90mm gun, which had just rolled into position at the crossing of An den Dominikanern and Marzellenstraße. (The Pershing is not seen in this footage. It is at street level in front of the building, with the cameraman above). German soldiers jump from the Panther tank. The German Panther Tank receives additional fire from the Pershing and is consumed in flames. Smoke rising up from the tank. Camera pans to view of the Cologne Cathedral and then back to the burning Panther tank. Location: Cologne Germany. Date: March 6, 1945.
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