U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.
The Battle of Ardennes (16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945) on the Western front. British tanks advance towards Western Front. Infantry row across a small stream in Holland. Machine guns are manned. Tanks and infantry cross railroad tracks and a bridge over the Maas River. Prisoners are marched to the rear. German citizens greet British troops. German prisoners push a wounded comrade in a cart. Animated map. Germans in Belgium and Luxemberg: Germans take out their belongings from truck. Sign board of 'Bastogne'. Civilians are evacuated from Bastogne and their credentials are checked by U.S. Troops. Military traffic moves forward. Allied Tactical Air Force planes firing rockets in flight overhead. Explosions over target. Captured German vehicles move over fields. Prisoners smoke cigars and cigarettes. Supplies are dropped. Allied Tactical Air Force planes are in action and explode targets. Smoke rises from target. German captured guns fired.
German soldiers leave Holland after World War II. German troops leaving Holland in landing crafts. Soldiers on horse drawn wagons in a line. A soldier on a tank. Soldiers walk in columns as they leave. Horse drawn carriages move in a line. People watch as the soldiers walk and push loaded carts across a village. Horse drawn carriages move past a village. The soldiers at the German frontier. A sign reads 'You are back in Germany don't fraternize'.
Animated map showing American and British paratroops being dropped in Holland toward Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem, and British ground forces advancing past Antwerp, during World War 2. British paratroopers seen inside C-47 (Dakota) aircraft as they head for Arnhem, on the Rhine (Rhein) River. Their parachutes fill the sky as they jump from their aircraft. They assemble on the ground, as one of the transport aircraft is seen diving and crashing in the background.The British paratroops move through outskirts of town. Scene shifts to U.S. airborne units landing at Eindhoven, in gliders. One of the gliders flips over on landing. American airborne units joining up with the advancing British ground troops. Views of the undamaged bridge at Nijmegen. The British forces encounter fierce German resistance that prevents their joining with their airborne troops at Arnhem.British troops dug in and firing mortars and small arms at Arnhem. Allied aircraft airdropping supplies to the dug in forces. A supply airplane shot down and crashing. British wounded soldiers being carried on stretchers.
Aerial view of Dachau concentration camp with buildings and people, soon after its liberation near end of World War 2 in Europe. Gates of the camp with a Nazi swastika on its top. Starved inmates from Czechoslovakia, France and Holland at the camp. Bodies of dead prisoners in a railroad train car boxcar. Men pile up bodies onto a truck.
Reporter John Charles Daly reports on US, British and German advance in Europe. News about Allied forces advancing to Berlin, Russian troops in Austria and war in Pacific. U.S. troops advance on Western Front, French troops in France and Allied Armies in Germany. Correspondent Burnett Winston reports from Supreme Allied Headquarters in Paris. British troops advance across Rhine, U.S. troops under command of General Bernard Montgomery advance. British troops enter into Holland.