P-47 Thunderbolts in Belgium, during World War 2. Several P-47 Thunderbolts circling and peeling off for landings. P-47s landing on airstrip. Runway controller fires flare at one point and a P-47 goes around as another lands. P-47s taxiing and parking. Aircraft seen include P-47 tail number 42-26860 and two other P-47s from 512th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group. Also seen are aircraft from 513th and 514th Squadrons of the 406th Fighter Group and 389th Fighter Squadron of the 366th Fighter Group. Location is most likely Asch airbase (Y-29) in Belgium.
January, 1945, on the Western front during World War 2. Troops of the U.S. 8th Infantry Division test new white camouflage coveralls for use in snow. They patrol in snow covered forest areas on the Western Front. A sergeant makes outdoor field adjustments to the coveralls using a knife and captured German sewing machine. He helps a soldier who tries on his new coverall. The material used is from old mattress covers. Several soldiers are seen putting on the camouflage coveralls. Scene shifts to U.S. troops with a jeep towing a 20mm Italian dual purpose gun for use in Germany. On January 2, 1945, they set up and fire the gun at targets a half mile away. In Belgium, U.S. Army engineers of Company B, 238th Engineer Battalion, improvise remote controlled bazooka shells as road blocks. They set them up on fence posts and fire them by ordinary flashlight batteries. U.S. soldiers from a Signal Company of the 99th Infantry Division are seen using a Weasel vehicle (officially designated an M29C light cargo carrier) to lay communication cables through snow in the 1st Army Sector, Belgium. Views of the wire spool on back of the weasel, and soldiers pulling wire from it.
A flight of U.S. Army Air Corps P-47s peels off and executes 360-overhead landings at Asch Airfield (Y-29), Belgium, during World War 2. They include aircraft from several American units, all part of the U.S. 9th Air Force. They include: tail number 44-20227 of the 390th Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group and tail number 42-26860 of the 512th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group.
The first memorial erected to commemorate U.S.prisoners of war executed by the Nazis during the battle of the bulge (mostly elements of the American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion (FAOB), executed by the Kampfgruppe Peiper (part of the 1st SS Panzer Division). This was also known as the Massacre at Baugnez, or the Malmedy Massacre. A wooden cross and a sign reading 'USA - Belgium. To the prisoners of war of overseas who liberated the East districts and were the victims of Nazis cruelty." The wooden cross at the monument to commemorate the massacre of 115 American prisoners at Baugnez on December 17th 1944 during the Battle of Bulge, in World War 2.
A film titled 'Berlin conference 1945' shows United States President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of State James F. Byrnes aboard the Cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31) while on their way to Germany for Three-Power Berlin Peace Conference. Several views of President Truman aboard the USS Augusta. He salutes with hand over heart as U.S. Navy warships pass in review. Truman and Secretary of State, Byrnes, descend a stair on the ship. They are seated on deck and President Truman waves his hat at people on the shore, as the Augusta enters port at Antwerp, Belgium. Senior Allied officers come aboard to greet the President and his party. President Truman walks down the gangplank to the pier, followed by Secretary Byrnes. Truman and Byrnes in back seat of an open car, accompanied by Secret Service agents, waves to spectators as they drive off the pier. Later, a motorcade is seen passing parked airplanes. Truman greets Officers of the U.S. Army 35th Division. He boards Air Force One, the "Sacred Cow," a VC-54C aircraft (tail number: 2107451) at Brussels Airport, Belgium. The Air Force One seen in flight above clouds and then parking at airfield in Germany. Presidential motorcade in Berlin, on Unter Den Linden, and passing through the Brandenburg Gate. Portraits of Truman, Stalin, and Churchill, on stone pillars. Inserted scenes of Hitler in motorcade and speaking in Berlin. President Truman speaking in an outdoor venue, with General Omar Bradley and other high ranking American officers standing behind him. His remarks are broadcast and people shown listening in America
The United States Army on the Western Front during World War II. A map depicts Allied offensives at Malmedy, Houffalize and Bastogne. New reinforcements for the 134th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 35th Infantry Division are briefed by an officer near Bastogne, Belgium, on January 10, 1945. Aerial view of tanks and infantry of the U.S. 6th Armored Division moving across a snow-covered barren landscape as they attack German troops in Belgium West of the Luxembourg border. Officers observe through binoculars. U.S. patrols of 1st and 3rd United States Armies meet on January 16 as they capture Houffalize. View of bombed out buildings in Houffalize on January 18.. U.S. troops occupy Houfflaize. A damaged German Pz.III tank on a street and an overturned Panther tank with a hole in its underside in a river. The troops walk along bombed out buildings in Houffalize.