Towards the end of the war in March 1945, child soldiers were used to defend the homeland, as this 16 year old member of the Hitler Youth, who was incorporated into the Volkssturm.
Towards the end of the war in March 1945, child soldiers were used to defend the homeland, as this 16 year old member of the Hitler Youth, who was incorporated into the Volkssturm.

The Ardennes offensive failed. American soldiers examine the "miracle weapon", the King Tiger. This heavy tank belongs to "Kampfgruppe Peiper", the 1st SS Panzer Division. Because the Americans had surrounded them and they could not connect with the main force, all heavy weapons were left behind. The soldiers reached on foot the German lines.

The Ardennes offensive failed. American soldiers examine the "miracle weapon", the King Tiger. This heavy tank belongs to "Kampfgruppe Peiper", the 1st SS Panzer Division. Because the Americans had surrounded them and they could not connect with the main force, all heavy weapons were left behind. The soldiers reached on foot the German lines.

The Volkssturm exercises with Panzerfaust.

The Volkssturm exercises with Panzerfaust.

Civilians digging a tank ditch in the Eifel.

Civilians digging a tank ditch in the Eifel.

Armored convoy drives past wrecked German army vehicles.

Armored convoy drives past wrecked German army vehicles.

The Sherman Tank (M 4) of the 9th U.S. Armored Division for the attack. The armament of the M4: 1 board cannon 7.5 cm, 1 cm flak 12.7 mm machine guns and two 7.62 mm

The Sherman Tank (M 4) of the 9th U.S. Armored Division for the attack. The armament of the M4: 1 board cannon 7.5 cm, 1 cm flak 12.7 mm machine guns and two 7.62 mm

M3 Halftrack armored transport vehicle for armored infantry battalion.

M3 Halftrack armored transport vehicle for armored infantry battalion.

Een M 3 sleept een  5,7 cm pantser afweergeschut over de Ludendorff-Eisenbahn brug bij Remagen.An M 3 drags a 5.7 ​​cm flak armor on the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

An M 3 drags a 5.7 ​​cm flak armor on the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

American columns stand in a queue for the Ludendorff bridge to get over driving.

American columns stand in a queue for the Ludendorff bridge to get over driving.

Guns of the type Vierlings MG 12.7 mm on a halftrack secure the crossing of troops on the Ludendorff bridge.

Guns of the type Vierlings MG 12.7 mm on a halftrack secure the crossing of troops on the Ludendorff bridge.

American infantry in the devastated Mayen.

American infantry in the devastated Mayen.

American tank on the outskirts of Andernach.

American tank on the outskirts of Andernach.

American tanks and infantry have passed, the tower of Koblenz and are advancing in the main street.

American tanks and infantry have passed, the tower of Koblenz and are advancing in the main street.

Resistance in the western part of the main street. The front tank of Americans put on fire by a Panzerfaust. An injured crew member will be brought into safety.

Resistance in the western part of the main street. The front tank of Americans put on fire by a Panzerfaust. An injured crew member will be brought into safety.

American infantrymen examine the small arms from captured Germans  in front of  'Franziskaner Gasthaus' on the main street in Andernach.

Captured German soldiers are discharged from the port of Andernach.

Captured German soldiers are discharged from the port of Andernach.

American Sherman tanks roll through a small town to the front. A column of German prisoners marching to the hinterland to the rally for prisoners.

American Sherman tanks roll through a small town to the front. A column of German prisoners marching to the hinterland to the rally for prisoners.

American infantry occupied a village in the Eifel.

American infantry occupied a village in the Eifel.

Infantrymen of the 23th Infantry Regiment climb on the M10 tank destroyer to drive to the front.

Infantrymen of the 23th Infantry Regiment climb on the M10 tank destroyer to drive to the front.

German prisoners are collected.

German prisoners are collected.

American infantry marching eastward toward the river Rhine.

American infantry marching eastward toward the river Rhine.

A German counter-attack is repulsed.

A German counter-attack is repulsed.

Infantry supported by tanks advancing towards the next village on the Rhine.
Infantry supported by tanks advancing towards the next village on the Rhine.

An American infantryman is cautious and wary in a small town in the Eifel.

An American infantryman is cautious and wary in a small town in the Eifel..

Advancing American infantry and lying on the ground fallen German soldiers.
Advancing American infantry and lying on the ground fallen German soldiers.
Infantry of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division prepare on the attack supported by tanks.
Infantry of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division prepare on the attack supported by tanks.
Infantry of the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division occupied Engers am Rhein.
Infantry of the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division occupied Engers am Rhein.
The U.S. M10 tank destroyer drives through a German tank barrier in the village street.
The U.S. M10 tank destroyer drives through a German tank barrier in the village street.
Op het gezicht van deze Duitse infanterist met Panzerfaust is de zware strijd af te lezen.
Op het gezicht van deze Duitse infanterist met Panzerfaust is de zware strijd af te lezen.
et deze 57 mm pantserafweerkanon heeft het 23ste Infanterie-Regiment de Rijnoever bij Niederbreisig veilig gesteld.
Met deze 57 mm pantserafweerkanon heeft het 23ste Infanterie-Regiment de Rijnoever bij Niederbreisig veilig gesteld.
Oversteek van de Rijn in de nacht van 19 maart 1945.

Oversteek van de Rijn in de nacht van 19 maart 1945.

A member of the reconnaissance unit of the American artillery has the target in sight.

A member of the reconnaissance unit of the American artillery has the target in sight.

On 22 March 1945 the Victor bridge was put into use.

On 22 March 1945 the Victor bridge was put into use.

American infantry crossing the Rhine by a LCVP.

American infantry crossing the Rhine by a LCVP.

On 22 March 1945 the Victor bridge was put into use.

The city hall of Hönningen na de inname after taking the city on 17 March 1945.

The main street of Hönningen after the capture by the American army. Watch the white surrender flags.

The main street of Hönningen after the capture by the American army. Whatch the white surrender flags.
U.S. fighter bombers have shot this German army vehicles along the march route of the U.S. Army.
U.S. fighter bombers have shot this German army vehicles along the march route of the U.S. Army.
An American tank driving through a village in the Eifel.

An American tank driving through a village in the Eifel.

Chaos at the German withdrawal from the Eifel.

Chaos at the German withdrawal from the Eifel.

This light field gun 18 with 10,5 cm caliber was the standard artillery guns for the Volksgrenadiers.
This light field gun 18 with 10,5 cm caliber was the standard artillery guns for the Volksgrenadiers.
The heaviest weapon for the Volksgrenadiers was this 15cm howitzer.
The heaviest weapon for the Volksgrenadiers was this 15cm howitzer.
An American Sherman tank drives through a captured village.

An American Sherman tank drives through a captured village.

An American MP with captured child soldiers in his jeep.

An American MP with captured child soldiers in his jeep.

American infantry occupied a German town. A fallen German lies on the middle of the street.
American infantry occupied a German town. A fallen German lies on the middle of the street.
German soldier with a Panzerschreck.

German soldier with a Panzerschreck.

Bombardment by 2 cm Flak

Bombardment by 2 cm Flak

Light field artillery in action at Hannebach.

Light field artillery in action at Hannebach.

American armored drive past a destroyed German artillery convoy.

American armored drive past a destroyed German artillery convoy.

After the defeat of the German opposition gathers the infantry of the 11th Armored Division.
After the defeat of the German opposition gathers the infantry of the 11th Armored Division.
Women and men of the Volkssturm dig a trench in the Eifel.

Women and men of the Volkssturm dig a trench in the Eifel.

A Sherman tank was hit by a Panzerfaust and burns out.

A Sherman tank was hit by a Panzerfaust and burns out.

3,7 cm Flak des Heeres with crew and munition is ready.

3,7 cm Flak des Heeres with crew and munition is ready.

Tanks and armored vehicles of the 11th armored division on the road to  Andernach.

Tanks and armored vehicles of the 11th armored division on the road to  Andernach.

This M10 tankdestroyer cleared the road.

This M10 tankdestroyer cleared the road.

Between the advancing Americans this old woman is wondering in  what kind of world she lives.
Between the advancing Americans this old woman is wondering in  what kind of world she lives.
In an ultimate attempt to stop the enemy Pantserfausten are distributed.
In an ultimate attempt to stop the enemy Pantserfausten are distributed.
The fights are over and the American soldiers afford a break. On the right the company commander devides the post.
The fights are over and the American soldiers afford a break. On the right the company commander devides the post.
American tanks and infantry to break German resistance to a forest in the East Eifel.
American tanks and infantry to break German resistance to a forest in the East Eifel.
Improved Sherman tank M4 A3E8 with 7,62 cm mounted gun.

Improved Sherman tank M4 A3E8 with 7,62 cm mounted gun.

American infantry on M18 tank destroyer on the way to the Rhine.
American infantry on M18 tank destroyer on the way to the Rhine.
A company of Sherman tanks waiting at Remagen for the Rhine Crossing.
A company of Sherman tanks waiting at Remagen for the Rhine Crossing.
An American pontoon bridge between Shrinkage and Linz is put into service.
An American pontoon bridge between Shrinkage and Linz is put into service.