Troops of the U.S. 29th Infantry Division cross a floating footbridge erected by U.S. Army engineers across the Ruhr river at Linnich, Germany, during World War 2. Their mission is to capture the fortress town of Jülich. They hurry across the bridge under enemy fire. Major General Charles Gerhardt, Commander of the 29th Infantry, crosses the footbridge along with his troops. Troops enter the city, which has been destroyed by prior Allied bombing, and flush out remaining German snipers from basements of ruined buildings. Soldier seen firing into a basement. Remains of footbridge across the Ruhr river, destroyed by Germans during the night. Combat engineers work building a new heavy pontoon bridge across the river. A German soldier (narrator states: in an American uniform) carrying a white flag, walks towards U.S. soldiers on the opposite bank of the river, and is shot by one of them. U.S. troops cross the new heavier bridge across the river. A U.S. tank that had crossed the river, is seen. A banner is seen, fastened above a stone arch, reading: "This is Julich Germany. Sorry it is so messed up. But we were in a hurry! 29th (Blue & Grey) Div." The Division insignia appears on the banner.
Allied troops in Germany during World War II. Allied troops walk on a street. Damaged buildings on either side of the street. Rubble on the street. The troops on tanks and trucks advance. First U.S. Army troops in a trench with guns. The troops on tanks fire and advance. The troops on a tank advance. An insignia of the United States on a tank. The U.S. 9th Army troops on jeeps cross the Rhine river. A troop on a bridge crosses the river. The troops enter a German town Lich. The damaged buildings. A soldier fires a gun. The dead German soldiers. The captured German troops raise their hands and advance. The German people stand. A view of the damaged and wreckage in Julich. Allied Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the U.S. 9th Army Commander W.H. Simpson inspect positions near Julich. A view of the damaged town. The civilians walk on a street. The captured German soldiers walk on the street. Russian and Polish prisoners are liberated. The U.S. Army soldier greet the Russians and Polish prisoners. The prisoners are liberated and meet each other. A soldier stands with a woman. A view of a German concentration camp. The buildings at the camp. Barbed wire fence around the camp.
Aerial views from an airplane flying over the city of Jülich, Germany, showing destruction from American 9th Air Force bombings during World War II. Smoke is still rising from some of the wrecked buildings. A cathedral standing amongst the wreckage.
U.S. soldiers in Julich, Germany during World War II. Soldiers standing on the street. Signal Corps linemen string wires to poles. Jeeps and trucks parked on the street. Soldiers aboard trucks passing on the street. Dried up trees along road sides. Tanks moving.
U.S. soldiers in Julich, Germany during World War II. M-4 tanks, half-tracks and other vehicles of the 2nd Armored Division moving on an unpaved road. Soldiers aboard the vehicles. A few soldiers standing on the street and discussing. Destroyed houses in the background.
U.S. soldiers in Julich, Germany during World War II. M-4 tanks, half-tracks and other vehicles of the 2nd Armored Division moving on an unpaved road. Soldiers aboard the vehicles. Destroyed houses along the side of Roer River. A pontoon bridge over the river.