The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. An animated map depicts the German advance across Saar and the Rhine. They close in on Belfort, Verdun, Strassburg, Epinal and Colmar. Explosions near a defense line in the battle field. French troops load guns in the Verdun forts. Soldiers shout out instructions, load and fire artillery guns. Racks full of shells. Soldiers take aim and fire guns. Soldiers operate various machines and equipment. Explosions near railroad tracks. Numerous explosions on hills. Long barrels of artillery guns. German officers brief soldiers with the help of a map on a wall. German infantry crosses a river in motor launches. Firing on either side of the river. Soldiers in boats go across, land ashore and move into wooded area. German troops advance, reduce French strong points. Soldiers fire artillery. German officers ride by in staff cars. Officers and soldiers survey the surrounding hills and landscape. Germans guard French POWs (Prisoners of War). Troops cross a pontoon bridge and enter French forts.
2nd Lieutenant Van T Barfoot salutes and pose for the photographers. Lieutenant General Alexander McCarrell Patch, CG 7th Unites States Army decorates Second Lieutenant Van T Barfoot serving 157th Infantry, 45th Division of U.S. with Congressional Medal of Honor and they salute each other. Van T Barfoot shake hands with his infantry soldiers . Soldiers of 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Division can be seen in background. Distant view of the ceremony.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
U.S. Army soldier reads newspaper while listening to radio. Soldiers doing their respective chores, listen to AFN (American Forces Network) Radio. General Marshall and General Eisenhower announce the creation of AFN, in 1942. July 4, 1943, the first broadcast of AFN. General Eisenhower mingling with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, on the eve of D-day. U.S. B-26 aircraft in flight. United States soldiers aboard landing craft and wading ashore at Normandy, France, on D-day, June 6, 1944. Soldiers tuning radios in the field. United States Sherman tanks and infantry move along country road in France. Audio includes portions from AFN broadcasts, including an announcer saying "You are listening to AFN Paris. This is the American Forces Network, on the road to Berlin." Road sign points to St. Lo. Group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a jeep with a radio, listening to AFN, in Germany.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.