U.S. 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of the 2nd Armored Division parades in East Belgian town of Hasselt, led by 66th Armored Regiment military band. Flags of Belgium hang from windows of houses. Belgian spectators line the sidewalks. Road sign reads 'Hasselt'. Civilians on balcony display a large American flag. Two young Belgian women stand holding bouquets of flowers. Staff car arrives in town square. Brigadier General Issac White, Commanding General of the 2nd Armored Division, steps from the car, returns salute of uniformed City Burgomaster, and accepts the flowers from the Belgian women. General White climbs a stage erected in the square and greets Belgian civilian and military officials. The Burgomaster, Dr. Joseph Bollen reads a citation and presents a flag to General White, who carries it down to the street where he holds it for all to see. Quick glimpse of 2nd Armored Division patch on uniform. Belgian soldiers salute. Camera focuses on Children spectators. U.S troops salute.
Troops of the 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, U.S. 2nd Armored Division, pass in review before their Commanding General, Brigadier General Isaac White, who stands on a stage with Belgian officials, in the town of Hasselt, Belgium during World War 2. The troops are led by the 66th Armored Regiment military band. A contingent of the marchers carries numerous American flags. Civilian spectators line the sidewalks, and Belgian officials in formal dress with medals, watch the parade which ends at a World War I memorial monument in the square. General White carries wreath of flowers and places them at the foot of the memorial, which is inscribed: "1914 - 1918." The U.S. troops parade from the scene. Group of children applaud. Camera focuses on young woman, in crowd, smiling and applauding. View of flag bearing inscription: "Hasselt Liberators."
Bombed Rail networks at Malines, Belgium. View of damaged rail tracks, twisted iron beams and damaged yards. Damaged marshaling yards and ware houses at Hasselt. Aerial view of destroyed ammunition loaded train.
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.
U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division advance in Belgium during World War 2. U.S. Army Captain examines a snow-covered disabled M4 Sherman tank, with shell holes in it, in Sterpigny, Belgium. Damaged buildings all around. American soldiers look at a damaged German Panther tank. View of jeep approaching on road. Shattered trees along the roadside. (Note:This footage was shot in the town of Sterpigny, Belgium just after 16 January 1945. The 2nd Battalion, U.S. 330th Infantry Regiment was attached to the 3rd Armored Division and fought alongside tank units of the 3rd Armored Division against elements of the 9th SS Panzer Division to capture the town on 16 January.)
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.