The Battle of Ardennes (16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945) on the Western front. British tanks advance towards Western Front. Infantry row across a small stream in Holland. Machine guns are manned. Tanks and infantry cross railroad tracks and a bridge over the Maas River. Prisoners are marched to the rear. German citizens greet British troops. German prisoners push a wounded comrade in a cart. Animated map. Germans in Belgium and Luxemberg: Germans take out their belongings from truck. Sign board of 'Bastogne'. Civilians are evacuated from Bastogne and their credentials are checked by U.S. Troops. Military traffic moves forward. Allied Tactical Air Force planes firing rockets in flight overhead. Explosions over target. Captured German vehicles move over fields. Prisoners smoke cigars and cigarettes. Supplies are dropped. Allied Tactical Air Force planes are in action and explode targets. Smoke rises from target. German captured guns fired.
Animated map showing disposition of Allied and opposing German forces in Belgium during World War II. Highlighted places include the River Meuse, Bastogne,and Liege. Brief glimpse of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt,commander of the German Army Command in the West. German troops riding through forest over light snow on a King Tiger tank. The tank churning up dirt and snow at high speed in another scene. German infantry moving through the forest at dusk. Illustrated map shows national flags delineating battle fronts and the German breakout (Bulge in the line) aiming toward Antwerp Harbor through Liege. Next are series of rapidly changing scenes showing American troops in combat near houses, moving through smoke and mist, one throwing a hand grenade into an apartment building, helping one another move through buildings, setting off explosives, communicating on a field telephone, moving through burning rubble, and running across snow around industrial buildings. Camera shakes seen during some of the nearby explosions. Two U.S. soldiers silhouetted against the snow as place a wounded buddy in a sheltered spot. One placing a bandage around the neck of the injured soldier. American medics carrying wounded on litters, across a snowy field containing a several fallen soldiers. One soldier calling for a medic. Corpsmen moving on to a new battlefield. U.S. troops firing machine guns from atop Sherman tanks in a city as infantrymen crouch behind the tanks. Glimpse from inside, of a German soldier firing an Mg34 model machine gun out a building window. Embattled American troops and trucks moving past burning buildings. Closeups of American GIs dashing from building to building and firing from improvised shelter. A bazooka fired out a building window strikes a tank, which is seen burning. Individual soldiers running for shelter as Medical Corpmen carry wounded on litter the opposite way. Scene shifts to British forces moving in from further North, through the snow. Glimpse of women and children and aged folks, in Belgium, frightened by the goings on. An old woman holds a small girl who is crying. British infantry advancing into action across a snowy field. A British machine gunner firing from a protected position. U.S. troops entrenched in deep snow. December 24th, clearing weather allowed some Allied air support to aid the troops. Glimpse of aircraft contrails. Formations of Allied aircraft overhead. Aerial view of a formation of British Hawker Typhoon fighter bombers in flight. View from a B-17 in flight with others creating thick contrails at high altitude. Pilot and copilot in cockpit of a bomber in flight. American soldiers on the ground watching with binoculars. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft overhead, break out of formation and dive to attack German ground targets. American GIs on the ground cheer as they watch. A huge explosion takes place near an American crew manning a heavy gun pointing point blank with zero elevation. American soldiers load rockets into a truck-mounted launcher. Several truck-mounted launchers firing their rocket barrages. U.S. infantry advancing atop tanks, in armored personnel carriers, and on foot. They carry axes, shovels and similar tools along with their weapons. Army trucks entering a town. Infantry moving through a forest. More troops on vehicles of all kinds moving into a town.
Ardennes, France in World War 2. Green hills in the countryside. American General Joseph Collins talks to General Maurice Rose of the 3rd Armored Division (who was later killed in Cologne, Germany). 3rd Armored Division units celebrate. Soldiers on M3A1 Scout Car; Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep; and Harley Davison WLA Military motorcycle, coming.out of a gate. French children in school uniform with the soldiers. Soldiers talk to them and pose for pictures with them. White flag on a pole outside a German home. French children stand before Dragon's teeth on the Siegfried Line, pyramidal fortifications built by slave labor. They shut their ears due to the loud noise made by gun fire nearby. Soldiers walk among the fortification. A GMC CCKW 5.3 ton 6X6 U.S. Army cargo truck seen in background.
U.S. troops arriving in Army trucks, one company at a time, for 24 hours rest on the West band of the Moselle River, after combat on the East bank, during World War 2. The soldiers receive a hot meal, a hot shower and shave,issue of clean clothing, and get to attend a movie.(Poster advertises the film Bathing Beauty, starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton.) The next morning, troops board trucks to return to the front line again. Scene changes to U.S. troops in snow, as winter arrives. Squadron of British Spitfire aircraft seen on snow-covered field as airmen refuel them from hand-carried gas cans. An American Army woman nurse clears snow from military vehicle in Paris. General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Commander of French Army B, consulting with Major General Wade Haislip, Commander of the U.S. XV Corps, during Winter campaign in Vosges Mountains. French forces firing a mortar. British forces entrenched and machine gunner trying to keep warm. Uniformed British women volunteers trying to keep warm in their office bunker. Allied infantry entrenched and moving across a field. American soldiers in the Ardennes forest suddenly find themselves under attack by German artillery and tanks (Battle of the Bulge). Shells exploding near camera position. Camera shakes. Soldiers taking cover and a jeep driving by as an explosion rocks the area immediately behind it in the trees of the forest.
U.S. 3rd Army under Lieutenant General Patton in World War 2. Tanks roll down. Soldiers and tankers of the 3rd Army move forward. Patton looks through binoculars. Patton with other officers. Soldiers fire artillery. A soldier talks into a radio. Patton's troops move forward. Enemy soldiers surrender. Tanks and troops move forward. Soldiers aim and fire. Soldiers in the streets of Saint Malo. German soldiers taken as prisoners of war. Civilians cheer and welcome the American troops. Soldier drinks from cups. A sign reads 'Mayenne'. Troops move towards Germany fighting on their way. Soldiers move through the jungle terrain. Patton with his officers. The 3rd Army crosses river Siene. Patton in an aircraft. The planes of the 8th Army Air Force drop bombs on the enemy positions. Tanks fire artillery. Patton with soldiers. Trucks move forward. Headlights of trucks moving forward at the night. Patton comes out of a building and sits in a jeep. Army officers including General Eisenhower and Patton have dinner. Patton with soldiers. Soldiers of the 3rd Army load and fire artillery and capture Metz. Fight in the streets of Metz. Dead soldiers lay on the ground. German soldiers taken as prisoners. American flag is raised. The battle of Bulge- Soldiers on the snow covered terrain of Ardennes. Patton's 3rd Army moves toward Bastogne. U.S. Army soldiers remove snow from ground in the icy winds. A soldier looks up into the clear sky after snow storms have passed. Aerial view of U.S. Army Air Force Mitchell B-25 bomber aircraft in formation and bombs away views as they drop bombs on snow covered German held positions below. U.S. Army tanks firing at German enemy positions. close up views and point of view shots of American soldiers firing rifles and machine guns. German prisoners are rounded up by U.S. Army, including some German soldiers wounded and bandaged. Patton decorates soldiers at a bridge with sign that says "General Patton Bridge - built by the Mighty Midgets. Company F, 1303 Engineers" (Narrator in clip is Ronald Reagan).
Life after the Liberation of Paris in World War 2. Art galleries on the sidewalks. People and traffic on the road. People take a look at the paintings on display. A painter works on an easel in the old quarters of Paris. Directional signs on a road in the countryside. Ardennes: The countryside. Houses on hills.