German troops are seen in white winter garb, during World War 2. Narrator mentions combat against Anglo-Canadian forces, and then speaks of preparation for the New Year's offensive. Heinrich Himmler, as commander of Army Group "Oberrhein" had ordered the launch of Operation Nordwind to recapture Strasbourg. Accordingly, On New Year's Eve, 1945,The Germans launch an offensive (Nordwind) into Alsace, attacking the Allied 6th Army Group at multiple points. On January 5, 1945, Army Group Oberrhein begins a support attack by General Otto von dem Bach's XIV SS Corps, the 553d Volksgrenadier Division, reinforced with armor and commando units. They are seen crossing the Rhein in small boats at Gambsheim, just ten miles north of Strasbourg. Allied aircraft bomb German positions on the West bank of the Rhein (Rhine) River. The German troopers seize high ground West of the Rhein. German troops are seen firing recoilless anti-tank weapons in a field, Views of knocked out British and American tanks. Abandoned German Jagdpanzer IV faces a U.S. Tank Destroyer. German troops are seen advancing into town North of Strasbourg (Herrlisheim, Drusenheim,Offendorf ?). Scenes of destruction in town. Words: "Haus Bewohnt Civil" scrawled on homes to identify them as civilian occupied.
U.S. Airmen killed by Nazis in France during World War II. Dead bodies of U.S. Airmen, all shot in head lying on the road to Gambsheim, in France. Pocket diaries and Holy Cross on an airman's dead body. White cloth with spots of blood covers the face of dead. Dead bodies scattered, all over a ground.
A review of significant events that occurred in the year 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as President of United States at the White House in January, 1945. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin pose at the Yalta Conference. Death of Roosevelt. Burial procession ceremony of Roosevelt. Men and women weeping. Wreath on his grave. Harry S. Truman swore in as U.S. President. Surrender of the Germans signed by General Jodl and General W.B. Smith in Reims, France. Representatives of Russia, Britain, France and United States at the surrender. General Dwight Eisenhower smiles.
American soldiers and officers at a military cemetery in Ste Mere Eglise, France. Flags on grave markers. Soldiers stand with flags in hand. Officers stand. They pay respect to the graves of the American soldiers killed in World War 2 in the invasion of France. They place wreath on a grave. Children watch the officers paying respect to the graves. Soldiers stand with flags. Soldiers band. They fire in the air. They march with the band.
Allied Control Council meeting in Berlin-Schoneberg, attended by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, of United Kingdom; Marshal Georgy Zhukov, of Soviet Union; General Lucius D. Clay, of the United States, and General Jean se Lattre de Tassigny, of France.
Liberated American prisoner reading the Stars & Stripes newspaper, at German prison camp for allied airmen (Stalag 7A) near Moosburg, Germany. Several American former prisoners being interviewed, include a Tuskegee airman, 2nd Lt. Alexander Jefferson. Former prisoners posing in a group for the camera. Former prisoners strolling around the grounds of the prison, and sitting outside its buildings. (They are awaiting transport to local airfields where they will board C-47s to Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre, France, for processing home.)