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Battle for Cologne: A life long mystery resolved


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This was a touching and poignant story that was carried on CNN:

 

A World War II hero returns to Germany to solve a mystery -- and meet an enemy

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/10/us/ww2-reunion-us-german-veterans/index.html

 

Clarence Smoyer was a tank crewman during the Battle of Cologne during World War II.

 

In his memories of the battle, he was haunted by the possibility that he may have unknowingly caused a civilian casualty.

 

A remarkable chain of photographic evidence and an unlikely meeting with a surviving German tank crewman who was on the other side of that battle finally let him to answers in 2013.

 

 

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Gil Burket
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of the Vietnam War

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Gil, Thanks for posting!

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World of Tanks did a 2 or 3 part interview with him a little while back that was amazing.

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Very nice article and the video added by Dirk was also a good add-on.

A very sad story, but one that is important to be remembered.

Thanks for sharing

 

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