Activities of First United States Army pressing eastward in Germany during World War 2. U.S. engineers and soldiers build a bridge over the Inde River since all nearby crossings had been destroyed by retreating German forces. Army vehicles cross the completed bridge. Soldiers bring heavy artillery and adjust it. View changes to Mausbach area to the South, where rockets are launched by 3rd Armored Division toward the river. Line of 75 U.S. Army rockets seen being loaded by U.S. soldiers and then fired together. Bright flashes and smoke as rockets are fired. Tanks of the 3rd Division moving out from the town. A U.S. vehicle in the advancing column toward Gressenich is hit by German guns. U.S. Army tanks, lined up like artillery, fire on German forces at Gressenich. Continuous line of 3rd Armored Division tanks, armored vehicles, and 6x6 vehicles come to the front and advance on roads of cities and villages moving eastward, and supporting the U.S. First Army Infantry. 1st Army infantry move through Hurtgen forest near Aachen. Ruined German factory is used as an observtion base by U.S. forces to coordinate attack on Gressenich, which was captured on November 19, 1944. 3rd Armored Division tanks move into open fields to continue offensive toward Werth, with U.S. infantry soldiers staying close to tanks for cover. Soldiers carry the wounded U.S. tank commander after German counter fire hits lead U.S. tank in the column. The wounded soldier is dragged to safety. Men of U.S. Army 1st Division Infantry enter town of Werth under German mortar fire and move from house to house clearing enemy snipers and mopping up in the ruins. U.S. Army soldiers guard a column of German prisoners (POW) who surrendered in Werth. View of ruined and destroyed buildings in German towns like Hamich after defeat. U.S. Army soldiers move through the town on foot with a small church in the background. U.S. Army trucks arrive in a rubbled village with food and ammunition for the offensive drive toward the Ruhr.
U.S. soldiers in Gressenich, Germany during World War II. U.S. Army 3/4 ton trucks with rocket launchers mounted on them arrive in Gressenich. The soldiers load rocket launchers and prepare to fire.
U.S. soldiers in Gressenich, Germany during World War II. U.S. soldiers work on firing mechanism and generator of a U.S. T-27 rocket gun. A group of soldiers of 9th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, Company G watch rocket fire in woods. A soldier looks through binoculars. Smoke rises from shells exploding near Hastenrath. A crew fires a 155mm gun mounted on an M12 Gun Motor Carriage.
U.S. infantrymen in Gressenich, Germany during World War II. Infantrymen advance through thick woods. Infantrymen move ahead.
Wire trouble-shooting crew and soldiers of the U.S. Army near Gressenich, Germany during World War II. Signal troops with an EE-65 Test Set check for a short in a maze of telephone lines in a muddy ditch on the side of a forest road. Soldiers walk on a muddy road. Wires in the mud.
U.S. 9th Division soldiers near Gressenich, Germany during World War II. Soldiers on foot and in the vehicles of the 9th Division move along a narrow forest road. A soldier carries a live chicken.