99th Division soldiers at Division Headquarter in Butgenbach, Belgium. 99th Division soldiers dig foxholes in snow covered field. Soldiers stand besides holes. Buildings besides the road. Tanks and traffic passes through city. Soldiers on armored vehicle pass. A man carries luggage on his back and walks. Boy pulls dog sledge. Major General Leonard T Gerow at Division Headquarter comes out and inspects the foxholes. He stands and discusses with others
United States soldiers lined up near the stairway of a parish church in town. View of surroundings. United States troops salute. Major General Lawton Collins, Commander General of VII Army Corps presents Bronze and Silver star awards to the U.S. troops. General Lawton pins Silver Star on medic's field jacket.
Major General Joseph Lawton Collins, Commander General of VII Corps talks with few United States soldiers lined up. Group of United States officers on staircase of a Parish Church and soldiers lined up opposite to them salute. General Collins pins Star medals on field jackets of soldiers lined up.
United States soldiers lined up on staircase of a parish church. Major General L Collins congratulates soldiers after they receive star medals from him. Major General L Collins and soldier salute each other. He pins a star medal on a medic's field jacket. Close view of Star Medal on field jacket of a soldier.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
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. 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.