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.
Nazi prisoners captured in Ardennes in Luxembourg during World War II. A large group of German prisoners in a snowy field. Two medics standing with the soldiers and prisoners with Red Cross emblem. U.S. soldiers inspect packs and personal belongings of the prisoners. The U.S. soldiers question a German paratrooper. The prisoner opens his coat and displays decorations on the sweater. The prisoners loaded into trucks. Colonel Richard G Stilwell watching the prisoners.
Funeral of U.S. General George Patton in December 1945 in Hamm, Luxembourg after World War II. Exterior of military hospital at Heidelberg. Sign reads 'Villa Rehner'. U.S. soldiers carry Patton's casket out of villa and put it into an ambulance as soldiers stand at attention. Ambulance moves along a road followed by soldiers on foot. Exterior of Christ Church. Casket being carried into church. Civilian man and woman enter the church. Minister leading procession from church, followed by casket, casket being put into the ambulance again for transport to Luxembourg. Funeral procession moves along streets of Luxembourg. Parading tanks and half tracks in the funeral procession. Half truck bearing body of Patton passes. Crowd lined up on sidewalks. Body being borne into American military cemetery in Hamm Luxembourg (later established as Luxembourg American Cemetery). Body being carried through lines of soldiers at attention. Spectators at attention on sidelines. Soldiers fire volley over the grave. Soldier blow taps.
Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
Map points to Allied positions during Battle of the Bulge. British soldiers walk in a trench on the prong of the attack south of La Roche en Ardenne (La Roche-en-Ardenne or sometimes just Laroche). Trench in the snow covered area. British soldiers wear warm clothes and try to stay warm in the trench. British soldier knocks hole in ice and draws water into a bucket. British soldiers wash and shave with the freezing water. They heat water and use it to make cups of tea. They move on tanks to location where British and American forces meet and greet. The soldiers talk amongst themselves. On 14 January 1945 armored recce cars of the 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry, 51st Highland Division, meet GI's of the 347th Infantry, 87th U.S. Infantry Division, near Ortheuville. The first link up between troops of VIII Corps and British 30 Corps. Another encounter between British soldiers, dressed in white camouflage smocks, with Americans of the 87th U.S. Infantry Division at Champlon. Later that same day. Field Marshal Montgomery wearing a new beret, commands the northern forces. British soldiers advance on a roadway and supplies move on vehicles. Houses in the background. U.S. 3rd Army soldiers shovel snow during a blizzard, clearing the way for trucks with supplies and mail to pass. Large tractors with snow plow attachments clear snow. On January 14, 1945, American forces gently sweep snow from the bodies of American soldiers at Malmedy who had surrendered to the Germans a month prior but were then massacred. (These were mostly U.S. forces of the American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion) German prisoners of war look on apprehensively as the Americans uncover the victims of the Malmedy Massacre. American soldiers look at from a snow covered hillside into the village of Houffalize in Belgium. A twisted sign for Houffalize is seen, and wreckage and destruction in the town. Close views of wrecked and burned homes in Houffalize. Destroyed tanks with one tipped in a river
Luxembourgers returns from Germany after forced labor at the end of World War II. A crowd greets the Luxembourgers returning from Germany. A mother greets a daughter amidst the crowd. A Luxembourg girl, a resistance fighter hugs people in the crowd.. The girl shakes hands with the members of the crowd. An elderly man looks for her daughter. Three Dutch boys on the way home after two and a half years of forced labor in Germany. The crowd waits for the people who returns from Germany.