U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Marshal Bernard Montgomery walking together and consulting a map, during World War 2. Sky filled parachutes of American paratroopers dropping from U.S C-47 airplanes over the Netherlands. A German airplane shot down and crashing with an explosion. U.S. C-47 aircraft towing gliders. U.s. Gliders landing in farm fields, some upending in the process. Paratrooper using crash an ax in attempt to rescue injured soldier from a crashed glider. U.S. military vehicle driving across the Rhine River on the Remagen bridge. A fallen soldier on the bridge sidewalk. U.S. forces driving through Eindhoven, Netherlands. U.S. Army artillery firing on AAchen, Germany. U.S. P-38s bombing the city.Views of destroyed buildings in Aachen. A U.S. sherman tank exiting tunnel to a street. Sign above tunnel reads: Aachen-RotheErde. Urban warfare in and around Aachen. U.S. tank destroyer firing. U.S. tanks firing. U.S.infantry firing small arms. House-to-house combat.German prisoners being escorted under armed guard. American flag being raised on municipal building in Aachen, Germany. German refugees from the city with their belongings. A German woman ,with her family, talks with an American soldier.
Activities of American First Army from Aachen to Roer River in Germany. Aerial view of city of Aachen heavily bombed. St Mary's Church is seen, damaged. Rubble of houses, rail centers, electric power plant, and Natural Gas facilities in Aachen. German Allied Military Government agents establish orders and hang the sign board of 'Mines Cleared to Rubble' on pole. They supervise crews clearing debris. Soldier brings out city's telephone diagram from hidden place. German Allied Military Government agents distribute food retrieved from hidden stores outside of town. Citizens are seen carrying food and smiling. Refugees return to the city. Sign of 'Mausbach'. U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division for the first time since D-Day gets relaxation time. Smiling Army soldiers in a chow line. 3rd Armored Division troops eat a hot meal on outskirts of Aachen. Military vehicles go towards rest center and enter into 'Hotel Koener'. Soldiers carrying their belongings climb stairs up. View of smoke rising from targets of U.S. Army artillery fire. A church steeple is shown consumed in flames.
Technicians at the Technical University at Aachen fit the tail and other body parts of the A-5 missile. (The A-5 configuration would later be scaled up to the larger A-4 missile.) The missile is fixed on a horizontal rod and rotated by hand. After that missile is suspended from above with the help of a rod and a technician rotates it. View of test firing of missile. (Narrated by Otto Kraehe.)
U.S. military personnel in Strasburg seize German scientific records as a part of Alsos mission. Aachen headquarters in Germany, toward end of World War 2. Military personnel stand outside headquarters. Military jeep parked outside a building in Cologne. Ruins of building are seen. Men leave jeep and enter a building. Lieutenant Ditesheim and a soldier walk out of the building carrying documents followed by scroungers. Army personnel get on jeep to leave for field headquarters in Aachen. Officer stands outside Aachen headquarters and officers go through documents.
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division training in England under General Clarence R Huebner, in preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasion. U.S. Navy ships underway at sea. Heavy naval guns bombard the coast of France on D-Day. U.S. Army soldiers seen during assault on Omaha beach with heavy losses on D-DAy. U.S. soldiers and tanks encounter heavy German resistance in the "hedge rows." American soldiers digging trenches with shovels and picks and treating wounded comrade. Dead German soldier lying in street as Americans enter the town of Caumont (Caumont l'Eventé). Frenchman civilian pours wine for American soldier after they liberated Caumont l'Eventé from the entrenched German forces. An American helps a French civilian woman to reach a safe place crossing rubble. Damaged French houses along the sides of street. During rest, a soldier gives another a haircut, and another writes a letter. U.S. Air Force B-17s fly overhead and bomb near St. Lo, France on July 25, 1944. Other U.S. Army artillery units, the 4th and 9th Divisions, and General Patton's tanks provided support so the 1st Infantry (First Infantry or Big Red One) could occupy the area. Army combat engineers dig up mines and use construction equipment to clear debris. Wrecked houses and rubble. U.S. soldiers keep advancing through towns and eat and rest as they can. Road sign reads: "Coutances." First Infantry goes through Mortain, Etampes, Meaux, Soissons and across the Belgian border. German prisoners of war walk with their hands raised. German soldier digging out of fox hole. Siegfried Line and dragons teeth. Strong German resistance encountered at Aachen. Tanks fire in the field. House to house fighting in Aachen. Surrender of Aachen. A German flag laying in the street is run over by a U.S. military vehicle. German resistance is heavy during battle scenes in Battle of Hürtgen Forest. German and American artillery are seen in Hurtgen Forest. U.S. wounded treated. The 1st Division is pulled out for rest at the rear, in Belgium.
U.S. infantry engaged in urban street fighting. Allied troops fighting with German troops during Liberation of Paris. Soldiers talks into radio before advancing. Soldiers with guns crouch. Troops fire machine guns from windows of captured buildings. Tanks advance on street. French soldiers fire from upper stories of the building on enemy trucks. Truck explodes. Tanks advance in front of Eiffel Tower. Allied troops join French Forces of Interior. Allied troops advance into Aachen. Soldier moves ahead. Sign reads 'Aachen'. Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels speaks at microphone. Wrecked building of Aachen. Smoke arises from streets. Tanks advance on street. Soldiers fire from behind brick wall. Soldiers moves by a wrecked building.