After a brutal four months spent fighting in the depths of a mountain winter, the rolling hills of springtime Germany seemed warm and peaceful...

 

 

 

 

 

...but looks could be deceiving. At Heilbronn and, to a lesser extent, other places along the way from Ludwigshafen to Stuttgart, remnants of the German Army stood and fought... until they were destroyed.

(above) Here the remains of a completely destroyed Jagdpanther ("Hunting Panther") tank destroyer bears mute testimony to the disintegration of the German Army.

 

 

 

As the 100th slashed through southeastern Germany, their columns passed thousands of liberated forced laborers from countries all over Europe.

 

 

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