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Today in World War II History—March 6, 1945

Demolished Hohenzollern Bridge at Cologne, Germany, March 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

Demolished Hohenzollern Bridge at Cologne, Germany, March 1945 (US Army Center of Military History)

70 Years Ago—Mar. 6, 1945: US First Army takes Cologne (Köln), Germany; in retreat Germans destroy the Hohenzollern Bridge. Germans launch offensive to retake Hungarian oil fields—will have partial, temporary success. Dutch resistance ambushes a truck, injuring Hanns Rauter, head of the Dutch SS; 262 Dutch prisoners & civilians will be killed in reprisal.