11 April 1945: Centurymen attack through the ruins of Heilbronn, Germany, on the second-to-last day of the ten-day battle for the city. Although the war was clearly lost by this stage, the remnants of several German units stubbornly defended this city on the Neckar River. The evident massive destruction was caused primarily by an RAF bomber raid on 4 December 1944, which mistakenly hit the civilian population center of Heilbronn. This deadly raid, which destroyed 80% of the city and killed 6,530 civilians (about 1,000 under the age of 10), animated the citizenry, who vigorously assisted the Wehrmacht defenders in the construction of fortifications from the rubble of their homes.

US Army Signal Corps photo contributed by Ray Denman, L/397th Infantry Regiment

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