Cologne Cathedral During WWII

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I found this photo along with 19 others tucked inside a book that was sold for $1 at a library booksale, where people donated books for the sale. I'm sure the original owner didn't realize that these photos were left inside.

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  1. The Rocketeer 57 months ago | reply

    Wow, ex G. I. that is incredible. I never would have imagined anyone playing a piano nearby on the side of the road. Thanks for your service to the USA and thanks for contributing to the comments. What a cool story. Glad you're still with us, sir.

  2. ex G. I. 57 months ago | reply

    Thanks, The Rocketeer. If you want to see more click on this site;

  3. ex G. I. 57 months ago | reply

    The reason I was familiar with the cathedral was that I took a course on European History at Sacramento Jr. College in Sacramento, CA in 1940. I was impressed with the Cologne cathedral's history. So I was shocked to see it still standing in all the rubble.. As info, we gave the German citizens of Handorf 24 h rs to get out and then we occupied their homes. It was nice to finally get into a building after many months in tents.

  4. Frizztext 57 months ago | reply

    greetings from
    cologne cathedral

  5. 07107814 56 months ago | reply

    This cathedral is in Cologne. The black siding that you see is from the bomb residue from the WW, that they have yet to clean. This is a church that they removed all off the stained glass windows from before the war to preserve them, then after put them back in. I have climbed the many stairs to this cathedral multiple times, and it is one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen.

  6. DikDik38 55 months ago | reply

    To anyone interested, here is a bit of personal history to add. On 4 October 1943, two American aviators from a stricken B-17 bomber parachuted to the ground quite close to the cathedral of Cologne. The other eight crewmen had already bailed out over Frankfurt after the bomber was hit by flak. Co-pilot Frank Moss refused to jump and said to the other remaining crew member, Flight Engineer Joe Fodor, that it was his intention to fly the stricken plane back to their base in England. But an ME-109 finished them off over Cologne, and the bailed out. German civilians on the ground later told them that they had almost snagged the spires of the great cathedral. My neighbor Joe Fodor, one of the survivors, told me that story on 31 May 2011.

  7. DaHooch 53 months ago | reply

    My Grandfather was a bomber in WW2. I have a picture he took while dropping a bomb meant for the rail bridge. You can see this Cathedral in the shot. I will try to scan it and upload.

  8. ex G. I. 44 months ago | reply

    ex G.I.

    Even tho Handorf was a resort town for citizens of nearby Munster, the house we occupied had no indoor plumbing. It was a bicycle shop with the family living above it. Very few Handorf houses had indoor plumbing but we did have electricity. Quite common in Europe at that time. Even in the USA there existed many families with no indoor plumbing during WWII. Shocking, isn't it?
    I claimed a Fraulein's bedroom with a great comforter and a nice soft bed and enjoyed it immensely for about six weeks and then we moved on.. After THE BOMB was dropped on Japan, I finally got home and was dis-charged on Dec 9, 1945. Glory be!

  9. Infraredgrapher 41 months ago | reply

    Interesting historical photo!

    Here is my recent photo of the Cologne Cathedral:
    Dom! from Dream Series

  10. Appalachicola 41 months ago | reply

    Tonight July 20, 2012, my 86 year old father told of being a young 21 year old forward observer in the Black Hawk Division of the U.S. Army in 1945. For 2 weeks prior to the Allies crossing the river, he held a position inside the Cologne Cathedral. From his position inside one of the towers he radioed the Allied Forces as to the German defenses and what they occupied across the river. His observations helped direct the bombing and attacks. My only regret is that I do not have more detail to add to his account. He seems amazed to this day that at such a young age he briefly held a command position where all the world around him needed to know what he could see.

  11. Buglugs 41 months ago | reply

    Wow, thanks for that Appalachicola Appalachicola . . that's some story!

    There are so many interesting ones told out there, and still not enough said. My father served in WWII also, and at home he didn't talk much about it. But when he did, he'd tell me the odd one that was quite shocking or entertaining and times where they got so board they'd humour one another.
    Here's a silly one he told me where he rolled an Army Jeep and badly hurt his shoulder - ouch, and it still reminded him later in years.

  12. Frizztext 40 months ago | reply

    thank you for permission, Kevin:
    this photo means a lot for me,
    i was born 1945 near Cologne ...

  13. Frizztext 40 months ago | reply

    photo of the day at
    glad, that we now have peaceful Olympic Games!

  14. wolfgangfoto 40 months ago | reply

    und wo lag die militärische bedeutung einer derartigen zerstörung einer stadt ?
    und wie war das in dresden?
    soviel befreiung war nicht notwendig

    und welche aufbauarbeit war aber notwendig es so zu machen wie es heute ist

  15. richard.griffiths6 37 months ago | reply

    I was there in 1946, and the damage had to be seen to be believed.......

    Everytime I have visited Cologne Cathedral since, I have an involuntary lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face, from the memories of those horrendous scenes...

  16. The Good Samaritan 36 months ago | reply

    It's in cologne Germany. The cathedral started construction in 1248 and finished in 1880. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Mary. It is considered the best cathedral in all of Germany and the best Gothic cathedral in all of Europe. This cathedral was considered to be the world's tallest building once and still is the world's tallest cathedral. The three magi were said to have been buried there. Also this cathedral was built on the foundation of two other cathedrals that were burned in the 9th and 13th century a.d.. During world war 2 part of it was destroyed but it has been restored to its former glory.

  17. CGilles7 24 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot, thanks for the sharing !

  18. Greg Adams Photography 23 months ago | reply

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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