Cologne, Germany, the famous Cathedral city. Eight months after D-Day, the U.S. troops are now on the cusp of a long-awaited milestone: the reaching of the Rhine. Cologne is the largest city to be captured by the GIs on any front so far. Nazi propaganda has declared the city will be defended to the last cartridge. The impending battle has dominated the headlines of the world press for days. Some of the photos and film shots taken by the cameramen are still perceived in the USA as the most famous scenes of World War II, in particular pictures and footage of a final, dramatic tank duel at the base of the Cathedral. However, who the people in those scenes were remained unknown for more than 6 decades. It was Rheindorf who was able to identify the American crew members who had been attacked by a German Panther tank, as well as being able to prove the identity of the German crew. Also the fascinating, but sad story about the young civilian Katharina Esser in the crossfire of a German and an American tank is based on Rheindorf's research, like many other incidents, underpinned with significant documents.
With personal contributions by: Andy Rooney (correspondent „The Stars & Stripes"), Clarence Smoyer (3rd Armored Division), Francis Wilber (104th Infantry Division), James Bates (U.S. Signal Corps), Leon Rosenmann (U.S. Signal Corps), Clarence Voight Garrell (U.S. Signal Corps), Tom S. Noble (U.S. Signal Corps) , Allan Jackson (photographer), Larry Riordan (correspondent), Robert Ziller (RAF-cameraman), Engelbert Bockhoff (9.Panzerdivision), Wilhelm Barthelborth (Panzerbrigade 106), Gustav Schäfer (Panzerbrigade 106), Günther Müller (360. Inf.-Division), the families of Karl E. Kellner, Julian Patrick, Kathi Esser and many others.