Photographs - Page 1

Pictures from the National Archives, Signal Corps, Office of War Information, Keystone, and Corbis

Men of Company B, 270th Engineer Combat Battalion, 70th Infantry Division, Seventh Army, lay corduroy detour to shorten the "Road to Berlin." Dated March 11, 1945. Archive Number 111-SC-402760.

Units of the 270th Eng. Combat Bn. quickly exploit their bridgehead across the Saar River near Saaarbrucken. Dated Mar 20, 1945. National Archives.

M4A3E8 tank on bridge that collapsed with weight of vehicle during operation against Grossbliederstroff on the Saar. Tanks is from 749th Tank Battalion. Feb 18, 1945. National Archives.

Combat infantrymen of 274th Inf Reg listen to regimental dance band during break in fighting. 10 Mar 1945. Soldier to the right of #17, looking up, is John R Smith, E/274. Photo: Signal Corps.

Searching for Snipers in Saarbrucken. First men in were "L" Company 275th Infantry of 70th Division. Led by Lt. Alfred E. Schultz of 100 Peel St, Staten Island, New York, who is seen in front of the mopping up squad. Photo: Keystone.

The capture of Saarbrucken, 70th Infantry Division. Troops move up and civilians move back into Saarbrucken, Photo: Keystone.

German prisoners brought back from Behren, France. 17 Feb 1945. 274th Inf. Reg. 70th Inf. Div. Photo: Signal Corps.

A rifleman of 70th Division, batters in a house door in sniper search at Wingen, France, twice taken by Yanks. German mountain fighters infiltrated into our lines after first seizure. Then they were driven out a second time. 1 January 1945. Photo by Tec 4 Edward C. Newell, 163rd Sig Photo Co. National Archives # 111-SC-272301

Gunner fires a U.S. heavy machine gun from a window. 70th Infantry Division. 6 January 1945. National Archives #111-SC-364315.

M-4 tanks move back into Wingen after figuring a move to retake the town from the Germans after a counterattack during the night. 781st Tank Battalion, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division. 7 January 1945. National Archives #111-SC-337378.

Panaroma of Saarbrucken area, 274th Inf. 15 Mar 1945. Photo: Signal Corps.

Rhine Regatta: Two of the five judges of the pancakes. Left is Leon Moody of Tallahassee, Fl. known as the biggest chow hound of the regiment. He ate 48 pancakes at the contest. Photo: Life magazine.

Capt Eugene A. Sisson, CO, E/274, followed by his radio operator, enters the church where over 250 American POWs were held captive in the cellar since AM of 4 Jan., 1945. 7 JAN 45. Photo: T/4 Newell, U.S. Signal Corps.

Main Bismarck Bridge in Saarbrucken in the town that was blown up, is repaired by having a Bailey bridge span thrown across the gap. Photo: R. Boyer, Office of War Information.

Platoon sergeants of I Co. hustles his men along after crossing the Saar River in a rehearsal near Grossbliederstroff, France. 276th Inf. Reg., US 70th ID, Photo: T4 Todd, 163rd US Signal Corps.

Statue of Bismarck is captured in Saarbrucken. Soldiers of 274th hung sign. It says: "Passing through Saarbrucken with the 274th". Photo: Boyer, Office of War Information. Note: a comment from Germany: Does not at all depict Otto von Bismarck. It would be highly uncommon to depict a Prime Minister/Chancellor on horseback. In fact it is HRH Emperor William I. (Usually recognisable by his Uncle Scrooge-type beard) - who by the way (just as well as Bismarck) is not in any way to be associated with the nazi ideology. L. Benjamin Kreutzdorff

Capture of Saarbrucken. Fewer than 1000 Germans are left in the town which before had 135,000 inhabitants. The city is 9/10s destroyed. German (police) officer captured by Americans, eating U.S. rations. 22 MAR 45. (No photo credit)

Two GIs use a deserted house doorway as a fire detection point near Forbach, France. They receive orders from the forward observation post where to plant shells and mortar fire. Photo: Keystone.

Columns of US 70th Div troops file into Saarbrucken, Germany as they take over. 20 Mar 1945. Photo: Keystone.

Saarbrucken after its capture. Destruction due to artillery and air strikes was nearly total. Photo: Boyer; Office of War Information.

Allied soldiers ride in a jeep under a suspended roadblock in the newly captured town of Fiscbach 23 MAR 45. AP Photo.

US troops celebrate fall of Saarbrucken. 20 Mar 1945. Photo: Keystone.

Vehicles of 274th pass in review at a formal parade on 4 July, 1945, Wiesbaden, Germany. Photo: Signal Corps.

Church damaged by constant shelling during assault on Kerbach. Town was captured on 22 Feb 1945 by 274th Regiment. Photo: Signal Corps.

Germany: Blitzes, Like Chickens, Come Home To Roost. German who watched poles, French, Dutch, Norse and British do it with equanamity, now take to the road from their blasted homes and seek refuge in a communal center. This photo was made in Saarbrucken shortly after that city was captured by American forces.

U.S. 70th Division moves into Saarbrucken, Germany. The city's streets are lined with rubble.

Right from the bottom of the Nazi manpower barrel came these elderly fighters of the German Volkssturm, clad in assorted uniform remnants and tossed into the fight to hold Siegfried line defenses before Saarbrucken. They are shown at the village of Fraulautern, Germany, after their capture. The ages ranged between 35 and 50.