The United States Army on the Alsace Front in France during World War II. Soldiers of the 7th U.S. Army aboard tanks cross over a bridge. The bridge is exploded after the tanks cross. U.S. Engineer Battalion places TNT ( trinitrotoluene) explosives in a captured blockhouse. The blockhouse is exploded. 79th Infantry Division troops move on roads along with tanks. Guns mounted on the tanks are fired. The troops run to take cover. The troops and the tanks cross a bridge. Soldiers fire from a bombed building. Soldiers carrying ammunition run along bombed buildings.
German prisoners of war in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, France after World War II. A vehicle outside a building on a street in Strasbourg. American and German officers coming out of the building and boarding the vehicle. The officers holding baggages in their hands. The officers getting down from the vehicle. German Commander of Strasbourg Major General Vatterrodt talking to Major McIntire and Captain R. H. Huret. A building in the background. Several German prisoners of war along the side of the road in front of a building. German officers beside a U.S. Army truck. The German prisoners of war getting into the U.S. Army truck. More German prisoners of war lined up to get into trucks to be taken to prisoner of war camps.
German troops are seen in white winter garb, during World War 2. Narrator mentions combat against Anglo-Canadian forces, and then speaks of preparation for the New Year's offensive. Heinrich Himmler, as commander of Army Group "Oberrhein" had ordered the launch of Operation Nordwind to recapture Strasbourg. Accordingly, On New Year's Eve, 1945,The Germans launch an offensive (Nordwind) into Alsace, attacking the Allied 6th Army Group at multiple points. On January 5, 1945, Army Group Oberrhein begins a support attack by General Otto von dem Bach's XIV SS Corps, the 553d Volksgrenadier Division, reinforced with armor and commando units. They are seen crossing the Rhein in small boats at Gambsheim, just ten miles north of Strasbourg. Allied aircraft bomb German positions on the West bank of the Rhein (Rhine) River. The German troopers seize high ground West of the Rhein. German troops are seen firing recoilless anti-tank weapons in a field, Views of knocked out British and American tanks. Abandoned German Jagdpanzer IV faces a U.S. Tank Destroyer. German troops are seen advancing into town North of Strasbourg (Herrlisheim, Drusenheim,Offendorf ?). Scenes of destruction in town. Words: "Haus Bewohnt Civil" scrawled on homes to identify them as civilian occupied.
Director of Alsace Ecclesiastical Matters looks into the matter of the removal of religious objects from churches in evacuated villages. A Protestant church in an evacuated village in Alsace, France. An automobile stands in front of the church. The Protestant Minister looks at the objects in the church. He is accompanied by men of Garde Mobile. He removes the Bible from the church and comes out.
German occupation of France during World War 2. The cathedral in Reims, France. Vehicles and a few men on a road in front of the church. Trees lining the road. The railway car in which an armistice agreement was signed by Germany and the Allies at end of World War 1. The Memorial Tablet symbolic of the 1918 armistice, the Alsace-Lorraine, and Ferdinand Foch's Memorial in Compiegne Forest. Ferdinand Foch's carriage in which the first armistice was signed. In 1940 : German troops cross River Marne in rafts. A signboard showing the distances to Paris and Soissons. Another signboard showing the distances to Grand Fitz James and Paris. Troops on tanks moving on roads. A signboard shows distances to Pontarme and Paris. A soldier with a gun on his back. Soldiers moving with carriages on a path between fields. Trees lining the path. German troops moving on tanks advancing deeper into France. The troops on the road in front of the castle in Versailles. The German flag hoisted on a flag pole over the Palace of Versailles and German soldiers occupy the Palace of Versailles.
U.S. Seventh Army builds a 4.5 inch test rocket launcher using M14 launch tubes in Alsace, France during World War II. U.S. 156th Field Artillery Battalion soldiers adjust the M14 calliope launch tubes mounted on a jeep. The soldiers load the rocket launcher. Elevation is adjusted by a gear near the front seat of the jeep. The driver closes the port cover and wind shield. He makes an electric contact. The 4.5 inch test rocket launcher mounted on the jeep is fired.