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The following photographs of Heidelberg, Germany at the time of capture by US Forces (255th Infantry Regiment) were furnished by Major Randy Haufe, Headquarters US Army Europe and 7th
US Army,  stationed in Heidelberg, Germany.  The photos were discovered in unit historian files.  Although I can't identify any 63rd Infantry Division patches in the photos, the photos most likely
are of 63rd Infantry Division units because the 255th Infantry Regiment was the first US unit into Heidelberg. (05/05)
Heidelberg
The "Die Alte Brucke" across the Rhein Neckar River destroyed by retreating
German forces to slow the advancing American forces.
US Troops leading German POWs through Heidelberg, 1945
US troops escorting German POWs through the streets of Heidelberg,
Germany 1945.  This was taken in the city square by the "Rathaus" of city
hall.  It still looks the same today.  The Golden Faulkener Restaurant in the
background is still there.
US Troops along the Rhein Neckar River- 1945
US troops take a break along the Rhein Neckar River near Heidelberg.  The
railing still stands along the river today.
US troops resting Heidelberg, Germany 1945
US troops resting along the street at Bismark Platz in Heidelberg, Germany
1945.  Across the street is the "Zeiting"(newspaper) bulding and a drug
store.  The drug store is still there.  The newspaper, a Nazi publication,
has long since gone out of business.
US troops prepare to cross the Rhein Neckar- Heidelberg, Germany 1945
US Troops prepare to cross the Rhein Neckar River at Heidelberg,
Germany March 1945.
US troops overlook Heidelberg, Germany 1945
Identified as two US Officers overlooking Heidelberg, 1945.  One of the
officers has been identified as Lt John Ford.  A Lt John Ford was
assigned to Hq 862d FA Battalion.
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M Company 255th Infantry Regiment, Germany 1945
Members of M Company, 255th Infantry Regiment in
Germany- April 1945.  Identified as being in the photo are:  Pfc
Charles F. Granadas, Pvt John Miller, Pfc Anton J. Ostir, Pvt
James R. Carter, Porter, and T/4 George A Fait.
M Company, 255th Infantry Regiment Germany 1945
Members of M Company, 255th Infantry Regiment in
Germany, April 1945.  Identified as being in the photo are:  
Pfc Charles F Granadas, Pfc Robert J. Harvin, Porter, Pvt.
John Miller, Pfc Joseph R. Phillips, Sgt Ralph Woodhouse
and another soldier identified as "Neddy"
Capt Bailey, Hq 254th Inf Regt in Germany 1945
Capt Paul K. Bailey (Right) Hq 254th Infantry Regiment
in Junglehausen, Germany 17 Apr 45.  Other officer not
identified.
Did you ever wonder what a combat area looks like after the Infantrymen move on to the next objective?  Well here are
some photos of "Die Alte Brucke" area a week or so after we passed through Heidelberg.-
AA  unit protects the pontoon bridge over the Neckar River- Heidelberg, Germany
Anti-aircraft unit posted near the Pontoon bridge built over the Neckar River.
Pontoon bridge built across the Neckar River at Heidelberg, Germany
Convoy passes over the pontoon bridge built across the Neckar River at Heidelberg
Convoy preparing to cross the Neckar River at Heidelberg, Germany
Convoy prepares to cross the Neckar River at Heidelberg, Germany