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A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) image of a historic German structure, before the it was destroyed by Allied bombs during World War II.
A rambild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Augsburg building gutted by the Allied bombing during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Munich building before Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of the destroyed theater after the Allied attacks during World War II
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Munich building before Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Munich building after Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Frankfurt area called Saalgasse before Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of what was left of the ancient quarter and entrance to Saalgasse after Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Munich building before Germany was bombed during World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of a historic Munich building after Germany was bombed in World War II.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of the Stadion of Olympiade. This area was not badly damaged during the war, and was taken over in 1945 as the headquarters of the British military contingent in Berlin. Returned to German control in the mid-1990s, much of this area remains today as it did in 1936, still a sports center.
A raumbild-verlag (stereocard) of the Stadion of Olympiade, Hous of German sports. This area was not badly damaged during the war, and was taken over in 1945 as the headquarters of the British military contingent in Berlin. Returned to German control in the mid-1990s, much of this area remains today as it did in 1936, still a sports center.
Information on the back of the photgraph, "Visiting American newspaper and magazine men view rows of corpses of prisoners at the German concentration camp at Dachau. About 200 bodies were piled here."
Dachau opened in March 1933, and was the first concentration camp established by the Nazis in Germany. It served as a prototype and model for other Nazi concentration camps that followed. The prisoners in the photograph were mostly likely killed before the camp was liberated.
On April 29, 1945 Dachau was surrendered to the American Army by SS- Sturmscharfuhrer Heinrich Wicker. As U.S. troops neared the camp, they found more than 30 railroad cars filled with additional bodies brought to Dachau. Note the word "POLAK' is written on the chest of a dead Polish prisoner. Poles constituted the largest ethnic group in the Dachau camp during the war.
On April 29, 1945 Dachau was surrendered to the American Army by SS- Sturmscharfuhrer Heinrich Wicker. As U.S. troops neared the camp, they found more than 30 railroad cars filled with additional bodies brought to Dachau.
Over its twelve years as a concentration camp, the Dachau administration recorded the intake of 206,206 prisoners and 31,951 deaths. This number varies according to the source but the totals are overwhelming regardless. Photographic evidence of the Holocaust, such as this, extinguished claims that reports of horrific Nazi Death Camps was Allied propaganda.
The town of Dachau dates back to the Middle Ages and at one time was home to many of Germany's artists.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of all Allied Forces in the European Theater during World War II, is greeted by an unidentified officer. Eisenhower toured several Nazi Concentration Camps immediately after they were liberated in order to personally testify to the heinous Nazi war crimes.
Information with the photograph, "A lone soldier of the 100th Infantry Division, Seventh U.S. Army, walks through the ruins of Heilbronn, Germany, cleared of the enemy April 12, 1945. Forty miles southeast of Mannheim and the Rhino, Heilbronn, an important road and rail center was blasted by Allied Planes. U.S. Signal Corps Photo."
Building in back cente and right, is still burning as people carry what belongings they have left with them in the streets.
Information included with the photograph, "Troops of the Third U.S. Army crouch low as enemy fire opens during their crossings of the Rhine in assault boats at Oberwesel, Germany. The Army first forged the river March 22, 1945." Note the label "me" on the photograph most likely points to Raymond Young, infantryman and combat photographer.
Soldiers walk throughout the streets of Dachau. Buildings were demolished during bombings and the United States Army assaults, followed by the liberation of prisoners held in Dachau concentration camp.
Information included with the photograph,"Overall view showing the damage done by the RAF and the U.S. Eighth Air Force to the Deutsche Dunlop A.G. Tire and rubber factory at Hanau. The widespread destruction in this plant severely cut part of the German tire production for motor vehicles. This part of the plant ceased to produce after the last air attack that left it the mass of twisted girders and rubble shown." See the back of the original photograph for more information.
Information included with the photograph,"Debris spilled from bombed buildings of Mainz fills a street of the ancient Rhine River city captured by troops of the 80th Division, Third u.S. Army, March 23, 1945. Mainz, birthplace of Johannes Gutemberg, credited with the development of printing in the 15th Century, was a strategic Nazi manufacturing center of machinery and chemicals."
U.S. soldiers move on from a destroyed transport vehicle on the road as one G.I. mans a mounted machine gun in the jeep.
U.S. Army troops pushed through German resistance in the Spring of 1945. Many towns such as this were bombed from the air and assualted by ground forces.
Tanks and soldiers traveled past destroyed buildings as they push through Germany in the spring of 1945.
American GIs make their way through the rubble of what is left of a German town.
Buildings in a German City bombed by the U.S. and RAF Forces, lay in ruins towards the end of the World War II.
A lone soldier walks around the destroyed buildings in a German town towards the end of the war.
Information included on back: "Dead horses and wrecked vehicles of German convoy are strewn along road in vicinity of Lus, Germany. Following attack on convoy by American Dive Bombers. Germans were trying to escape from encirclement by troops of the 3rd and 7th U.S. Armies." (U.S. Signal Corps).
Information included on back: "Two Aged German women with civilian escorts are guided by a Ninth U.S. Army soldier (right, foreground) to Allied Military Government authorities in Erkelenz, Germany, for registration February 27, 1945, following capture of the town by Ninth Army forces driving toward the Rhine. Erkelenz is east of the Roer River, nine miles southwest of Munchen-Gladbach." (U.S. Signal Corps).
Part of the information included on back: "German town near Duren on the Roer River, important junction point of the road leading to Cologne and the Rhine lies shell-wrecked and bombed to ruins February 21, 1945 as U.S. troops advanced deeper into Germany."(U.S. Signal Corps).
Part of information included on back: "A knocked-out American tank stands behind a small, leveled building in captured Heilbronn. German industrial city which was virtually demolished prior to its occupation . . ." (U.S. Signal Corps).
Information included on back: "Two young women of captured Rittersdorf, Germany, step over an abandoned Nazi rifle as they carry water in the Reich town, seized by troops of the Third U.S. Army February 26, 1945. The town was cleared by American soldiers driving to Bitburg, last important German road center west of the Rhine in the Third Army battle sector."
Information included on back: "A wrecked 105mm gun stands by the side of a road near Manhay, Belgium, where troops of the 83rd U.S. Infantry Division are advancing against the northern flank of the Nazi wedge. Manhay was wrested from enemy control December 28, 1944, by Allied forces driving toward the German St. Vith-Laroche supply road which was severed in several places by January 8, 1945, when 15 miles of the vital highway was under U.S. and British control. The Germans were thus left with only one major supply highway into their salient." (U.S. Signal Corps).
Information on back of picture is torn, but partial info reads: "This is a scene in Zweibrucken, hammered by Allied air and U.S. artillery attacks before Seventh U.S. Army troops captured the town March 20, 1945."
A series of intense battles were fought here between the U.S. and German force from 1944/09/19 to 1945/02/10, over barely 50 sq mi. east of the Belgian–German border.
Information on back of picture reads: "A civilian picks his way through the rubble littering the streets of Laroche, Belgium, formerly an important enemy communications center on the northern flank of the Ardonnes Salient. Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force announced January 12, 1945, that Allied troops had taken the Belgian town. Only a little over a month after the launching of the unsuccessful Nazi counter-thrust December 16, 1944, front lone correspondents made it clear by midnight January 22, 1945, that the Battle of the Ardonnes was practically over."
Caption on back of photo reads: "German civilians from the small farming community of Tenholz are received by an American soldier in a shattered house serving as a reception center in Lovenich. The 102nd Infantry Division of the Ninth U.S. Army captured Lovenich February 25, 1945."
Caption on back reads "Civilians of Plauen, Germany, make their way through rubble filled streets in search of what articles they can salvage from their wrecked homes and shops. The city was captured by the 3rd U.S. Army following a devastating attack by Allied bombers."
Caption on back of photo reads: "German woman (left) stands before the wreckage of her home and explains to a neighbor how a heavy Nazi shell leveled the building. Several civilians were injured by the enemy action against the town after its capture by American troops."
Information on back of photo reads: "This bridge, part of the German autobahn highway near Kaiserslautern, was blown up by fleeing Nazi troops during the advance of American forces inside the Saar bulge. Kaiserslautern, road junction town in the area, was entered by the Third U.S. Army troops March 20, 1945. The autobahn is the many-laned concrete highway designed to link up most of Germany in a network. The system had not been entirely completed by the Nazis at the outbreak of the war."
Information on back of photo reads: "Rubble and bombed out buildings are all that remain of the plant of the Dunlop Company at Hanau, which was Germany's second largest tire plant. This factory specialized in aircraft tired before it was mombed out of existence by Allied air attacks. Twenty-eight miles east of the Rhine and eight miles east of Frankfurt, Hanau was cleared by troops of the Third U.S. Army March 27,1945."
Information on back of photo reads: "Clutching a few personal belongings, German civilians pass through the blazing streets of Aachen en route to the safety of First U.S. Army lines. Most of the 3,000 civilians who managed to leave the Reich border city by October 14, 1944, were old men, weeping women, and children. American bombs and shells began turning Aachen into a blazing inferno when the surrounded Nazi garrison refused to surrender under penalty of destruction of the city."
Information on the back of photo reads: "This is all that remained of the famous Nazi Volkswagen factory at Fallersleben, Germany, when U.S. Army ground forces captured the town following four daylight attacks on the plant by bombers of the Eighth U.S. Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. Prior to the attacks, 18,000 employees worked here but this figure fell to 7,000 after the first Allied visits. Later, work in the factory came to a complete halt. Only 40 workers were killed during the bombings because of air raid shelters. The plant was originally built by the Deutsche Arbeiter Front (German Labor Part) in 1938-39 to produce the "people's car", or Volkswagen, for sale to the German people at about 900 marks ($360). After it was completed, the German High Command converted it to jeep and mine production. Before the Allied air attacks, the plant was capable of monthly production of 1,800 kubelwagen (jeeps), 1,000 amphibious jeeps, 1,200 V-1 bombs, 100,00 Teller mines and the repair of 30 Ju-88 aircraft wings."
Information on back of photo reads: "German civilians look over the ruins of their home which was shelled by American troops in the attack on Weifall, Germany."