"You are Now Entering Cologne Through the Courtesy of the 3rd Armored Division"

An album of photos taken by Sergeant Walter Schreck of the 36th Combat Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Division. Schreck saw a lot of action with this distinguished unit that fought its way through France, Belgium and Germany. And he snapped a lot of photos, too.

Walter Schreck Poses with a Belgian Civilian.
Note that he is wearing a German Army belt and buckle, as well as a very non-regulation neckerchief.

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France

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"Wash Day" France -1944
Note that Schreck is boiling water in his steel helmet

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Inspecting a captured MkV Panther Tank
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France -1944
Captured Mk IV Jagdpanzer (Hunter tank)
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France -1944
Inspecting a captured MkV Panther Tank
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France -1944
Captured German 75MM Pak 40 Field Gun
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France -1944
Inspecting a German 75MM Pak 40 Field Gun

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France -1944

Destroyed German Armor
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France -1944
Inspecting a captured MkV Panther Tank
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France -1944
Captured Mk IV Jagdpanzer
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France -1944
Destroyed German side skirted Stug III or IV assault gun
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France -1944
Captured German 88 Field Gun. There are at least nine "Kills" indicated by white rings painted on the barrel.
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"Near Fromentel - the Purple Heart Place" - France -1944
U.S. Tank destroyed in battle of
Ranes-Fromentel. Note steel helmet lying on the ground near the tank.
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"Near Fromentel - the Purple Heart Place" - France -1944
Two destroyed U.S. Tanks
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France -1944
Destroyed Staff Car
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"Seine River"
France -1944

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"German Prisoners"
France -1944
This and many other photos appear to have been taken from the back of a convoy truck.

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France -1944
Inspecting a freshly captured side skirted Stug III or IV assault gun
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France -1944
Destroyed German Armor
 
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Belgium -1944
Schreck Poses with a Belgian Civilian. Note that he is wearing a German Army belt and buckle, as well as a very non-regulation neckerchief.
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Belgium -1944
Convoy through Huy, Belgium .
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"Braine Belgium -1944"
Citizens go about their business as body lies in the rubble.
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"Belgium Bulge -1945"
Another convoy shot taken through heavy snow.
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"Belgium Bulge -1945"
A Destroyed Tank turned completely on its back.
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"Belgium Bulge -1945"
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"Brussels Belgium -1945"

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"Brussels Belgium -1945"
     
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"Siegfried Line"
Germany -1944
This and many other photos appear to have been taken from the back of a convoy truck.
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"Stolberg"
Germany -1944
Note the Castle in the background.
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"Camouflaged Pillbox"
Busbach Germany -1944
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"88 MM Flak Gun"
Homnef Germany -1945
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"Dom Cathedral, Dom Hotel, and that Last Tank "
Cologne Germany -1945
A very famous Battle
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"You are Now Entering Cologne Through the Courtesy of the 3rd Armored Division"
Cologne Germany -1945
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Cologne, Germany -1945
Captured German Motorcycle
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Homnef, Germany -1945
Captured 4 Barrel 20 MM Flak Gun
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Liblar, Germany -1945
Field Hospital
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Germany -1944
Crash-landed German Fighter Plane
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Fighter Plane
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Germany -1945
Crash-landed German Bomber Plane
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Fighter Plane
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Bomber Plane
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured FW190 fighter trainer.
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured FW190 fighter trainer.
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured FW190 fighter trainer.
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Glider
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Fighter Plane
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Kothen, Germany -1945
Captured German Bomber Plane
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"Our Movie House"
Seligenstadt Germany -1945
"Ozark Red Flickers"
   
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"Company Colors"
36th Infantry Guidon with Battle Streamers "Combat Infantry Company" & "Siegfried Line"
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Aschaffenberg, Germany -1945
Refugees
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"H/M Q"
Hucklesheim Germany -1945
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Bivouac
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Hucklesheim Germany -1945
Armored Half-tracks Lined up
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Hucklesheim Germany -1945
Tanks Lined up
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"I Haul Anything"
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Ozark Red HQ Sign
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88 MM Gun
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Winged snapped off of Downed Glider
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Body of Downed Glider
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Bombs laid out near captured plane
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88 MM Gun Carriage
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Captured German Fighter Plane
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Fueling Station
 

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"Discharged GI's"
Darnstadt Germany -1945
Note "USA Bound" chalked on side of truck.