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    http://home.earthlink.net/~crcorbin/...ePictures.html

  • #2
    I remember seeing another link about this engagement and the author wasn't sure as to what happened to the German crew... seems to me from this link that most must've perished by other means or from severe wounds inflicted by the Pershing.
    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

    "The more I learn about people, The more I love my dog".
    Mark Twain.

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    • #3
      Video of Panther

      Achtung baby, two Panther crewmen survived...you can see the two climb out and scamper away: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IrQl1m6idpI

      Watch this one for the total event...destruction of Sherman by Panther, Pershing firing, etc.: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-oDnst7fAEU

      By Jim Zbick 'News Reporter"
      Every veteran who served during wartime has a unique story to tell. Clarence Smoyer of Forest Inn is having his told before a national television audience. Smoyer, a tank gunner in World War 11, recently learned that one of his stories will be the focus of the History Channel's, "Suicide Missions" The episode, titled "Armored Warriors," details his account of an engagement with an enemy tank in Cologne, a major rail junction and river port in northwestern Germany, on March 5, 1945.
      Smoyer told his story to the History Channel while attending a reunion of the Third Armored (Spearhead) Division in Indianapolis on Sept. 1. The account is also mentioned in the book "Death Traps" by Belton Cooper, an ordnance officer who kept a diary during the war. Smoyer first met Cooper about six years ago during a reunion at Ualley Forge, and heard he was writing a book on the division. The libraries in Lehighton and Palmerton have copies of "Death Traps."
      The report of Smoyer's memorable battle with the German Panzer tank in Cologne is substantiated by a video report and the still photographs of Jim Bates. The combat photographer won a Bronze Star during the Cologne fighting and his incredible film footage of the street fighting - and Smoyer's tank battle - are included in the National Archives in Washington.
      Leading up to the battle for Cologne on March 6, 1945, Smoyer recalls there was a great artillery barrage as his T-26 Pershing tank moved into the city. The Germans had also tried to block the Allied advance by placing trolley cars inside an overpass, but the tank easily pulled the obstacles out of the way.
      Photographer Bates was in a building when the Allies approached the square, dominated by the Cologne Cathedral. A German Panther tank in the town square, which the Americans thought was knocked out, suddenly opened fire on the first American tank, killing three in the crew. Smoyer's tank received a call to go in after the German armor. The plan was to go down an adjacent street, move into the intersection just far enough to fire into the side of the enemy tank, which had its gun facing up another street. However, the German crewmen began to swing their turret around as they saw Smoyer's approaching. "When I turned our turret, I was looking into the Mark V gun tube," Smoyer said. "Instead of stopping to fire, our driver drove into the middle of the intersection so we wouldn't be a sitting target. As we were moving I fired once. Then we stopped and I fired two more shells to make sure they wouldn't fire at our side." All three shells from Smoyer's 90-mm high velocity gun penetrated. The first shell struck under the turret, and richoheted into the tank severing the legs of the German tank commander. The next two side hits went completely through and out the other side, setting the tank on fire. It smoldered for two days. None of the German tank crew survived, three of them dying outside the tank. (not true - two did survive)

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      • #4
        Cologne Panther Sequence

        These still pics are the best! Check them out!

        http://www.3ad.com/history/wwll/feat...ates.index.htm

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        • #5
          Yeah, I agree that two of 'em did survive. I've read that they had the T26E in their sights and the finger on the trigger n' waiting for the T26E to stop before shooting at it. The fact that the T26E did shoot on the move took the Panther crew by surprise.

          That's what I've read.
          The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
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          We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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          • #6
            Wouldn't it be a good idea to merge these two threads into one?

            http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=57063
            The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
            ----
            We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by McCoy View Post
              Wouldn't it be a good idea to merge these two threads into one?

              http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=57063
              Tom likes his multiple threads. Didn't he just do a '5 threads to ask 1 question' poll



              (sorry Tom, only pulling your leg!!!)
              Wolster

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Wolster View Post
                Tom likes his multiple threads. Didn't he just do a '5 threads to ask 1 question' poll



                (sorry Tom, only pulling your leg!!!)
                Which one... ???
                Last edited by Achtung Baby; 12 Nov 07, 06:17.
                "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
                Ernest Hemingway.

                "The more I learn about people, The more I love my dog".
                Mark Twain.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by McCoy View Post
                  Wouldn't it be a good idea to merge these two threads into one?

                  http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forum...ad.php?t=57063
                  Yes, it would have. However, I posted the film on Cologne Pics and got no reaction. When I posted it separate as Cologne Panther Sequence then there were responses. Go figure!

                  Insofar as the infamous 5 postings...I screwed up with two on Achtung Panzer because per my computer, the first one did not go. So, I did it again...and viola! I also posted it on two other Armchair forums (I've done this in the past, although rarely), as not everyone reads what's on Achtung Panzer.

                  I've learned my lesson guys. No more I promise.

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                  • #10
                    This is the first time I've seen the U.S. tank crew. Thanks.
                    Those that forget history are condemed to repeat it.
                    If you're going to be one you might as well be a BIG RED ONE

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                    • #11
                      Great sequence of photos, and the You-tube links are great too. Must say , lots of credit goes to you guys, such as Tom, Garry, Urban, your efforts in bringing these links and movies to this site have certainly increased my knowledge and enjoyment of WW 2 armour like never before, most of the stuff you post, i have not seen before, thanx guys..!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by galland View Post
                        Great sequence of photos, and the You-tube links are great too. Must say , lots of credit goes to you guys, such as Tom, Garry, Urban, your efforts in bringing these links and movies to this site have certainly increased my knowledge and enjoyment of WW 2 armour like never before, most of the stuff you post, i have not seen before, thanx guys..!
                        Thanks, galland! Much appreciated!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks! I just like to participate with the tidbits that I know. I'm not the most knowledged one on ACG but I really like to contribute.
                          The safest place in Korea was behind a platoon of Marines. Lord how they could fight! - MGEN Frank Lowe, U.S. Army.
                          ----
                          We got a kinder, gentler, Machine gun hand - N.Y.

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                          • #14
                            Snagged these a long time ago from the 'net.
                            Attached Files

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