Activities of American first Army in Germany, advancing eastward in late 1944 during World War 2. Animated map shows: 4th and 8th infantry division move out from Stolberg and enter into Hurtgen Forest . U.S. 4th Infantry attack with field guns and artillery. Field gun amidst pile of shells fires toward Hurtgen Forest. 4th Infantry Division troops crawl up a hill in the Hurtgen Forest, sometimes pinned down under enemy German fire. Armor comes to their aid and casualties are treated by medical corps personnel. U.S. Army tanks arrive to support the infantry and they continue forward, where footage shows U.S. mortars and artillery bombing Grosshau, and point of view shot of a U.S. Army machine gun firing at a target in the town of Grosshau. Animated map shows: 5th and 8th Inf. Divisions enter into Kleinhau. Kleinhau is bombarded by a heavy volley of U.S. Army rockets and artillery from units of the 5th and 8th Infantry Divisions. Allied fighter bombers in flight over the area. Artillery is loaded and fired at close-range on target of Kleinhau which was then captured. U.S. Army Soldiers around the ruined buildings of Hurtgen, eating and drinking during a break. Infantry division move towards another towns. U.S. Army soldiers take a moment to relax during the long drive eastward. U.S. soldiers fire mortars from positions along the west bank of the Ruhr.
U.S. 9th Infantry Division troops use mine detectors in the Hurtgen Forest of Germany during World War 2. A soldier sweeps for mines on a snow covered road. He detects something and marks the spot with a warning. U.S. troops setting up camp in the forest. They use trenching tools to dig foxholes. Medics assist a wounded soldier through the forest. (WW 2; World War 2)
Activities of American First Army from Aachen to Roer River in Germany. Animated map shows First Army entering into Hurtgen Forest and arrive Cologne plain going through the Roer River. 28th Division controls key roadways of Vossenack and Schmidt. Engineers build roads through the Hurtgen Forest. Large tree trunks are laid into place as foundation and then milled wooden planks are nailed atop to quickly create a usable road surface. Jeep passes over the newly built road. U.S. Army forces start a fire for protection against the cold. 28th Division troops with mortar and machine gun support advance (November, 1944) through a wooded area. Infantry columns move to the front. Smoke clouds rise. Ground forces move out from wooded area. German POW's file into an assembly area and are evacuated by truck. Artillery and antitank guns are placed for defense. Soldiers work on telephone tower. Underground emplacements are built as snow falls.
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division training in England under General Clarence R Huebner, in preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasion. U.S. Navy ships underway at sea. Heavy naval guns bombard the coast of France on D-Day. U.S. Army soldiers seen during assault on Omaha beach with heavy losses on D-DAy. U.S. soldiers and tanks encounter heavy German resistance in the "hedge rows." American soldiers digging trenches with shovels and picks and treating wounded comrade. Dead German soldier lying in street as Americans enter the town of Caumont (Caumont l'Eventé). Frenchman civilian pours wine for American soldier after they liberated Caumont l'Eventé from the entrenched German forces. An American helps a French civilian woman to reach a safe place crossing rubble. Damaged French houses along the sides of street. During rest, a soldier gives another a haircut, and another writes a letter. U.S. Air Force B-17s fly overhead and bomb near St. Lo, France on July 25, 1944. Other U.S. Army artillery units, the 4th and 9th Divisions, and General Patton's tanks provided support so the 1st Infantry (First Infantry or Big Red One) could occupy the area. Army combat engineers dig up mines and use construction equipment to clear debris. Wrecked houses and rubble. U.S. soldiers keep advancing through towns and eat and rest as they can. Road sign reads: "Coutances." First Infantry goes through Mortain, Etampes, Meaux, Soissons and across the Belgian border. German prisoners of war walk with their hands raised. German soldier digging out of fox hole. Siegfried Line and dragons teeth. Strong German resistance encountered at Aachen. Tanks fire in the field. House to house fighting in Aachen. Surrender of Aachen. A German flag laying in the street is run over by a U.S. military vehicle. German resistance is heavy during battle scenes in Battle of Hürtgen Forest. German and American artillery are seen in Hurtgen Forest. U.S. wounded treated. The 1st Division is pulled out for rest at the rear, in Belgium.
United States 28th Infantry Division (Keystone Division) near Vossenack, Germany, in November, 1944, during World War 2. Soldiers of 110th Infantry Regiment advance through the Hurtgen forest near Vossenack. They take cover behind trees and fire at an unseen enemy. Soldiers lying prone on the field as they fire. Soldiers carry M1928 field packs, canteens and M1 Garand rifles. One soldier fires an M-1 rifle from the prone position behind a tree.
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.