4th April 1945: A corporal of the US 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign in Cologne, Germany as the Second World War draws to an end. Cologne came under Allied control the previous month.
61% of Cologne was destroyed by bombing during the war, and most of the city’s centre was devastated.
The German city of Cologne is seen in ruins on the 24th of April, 1945, as the Second World War drew to an end. Though is was hit by Allied bombs a number of times, Cologne Cathedral still stands.
The city suffered heavy damage over the course of the war, and had come under Allied control in early March.