World War 1 U.S. troops greeted by YMCA volunteer women with refreshments upon arrival at train station in Koblenz,Germany. Troops seen checking out books and magazines and reading in a YMCA library.1917-1918.
U.S. troops, along with women volunteers sponsored by the YMCA ,take a sightseeing excursion by steamer,from Koblenz, in December, 1918.. Scenes of their visit to a monument. On board ship, army bandsmen play and a few couples dance. A few men dance with each other. At stopping place they visit and an army guide explains the site and its significance. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
American troops patrol the Rhine river in European Theater around end of World War 1 following Armistice. United States Army forces in a patrol boat in the Rhine river at Deutsches Eck or the "German Corner" in Koblenz where the Moselle joins the Rhine. The boat approaches and slowly views a paddle wheel steamboat named Preussen that is flying the American flag and has United States soldiers aboard. The Preussen is docked at Deutsches Eck. Slow pan of the Preussen shows rescue boats and crew aboard. Crew show machine guns setup on the Preussen paddle ship. As boat slowly pulls away there is a view of the equestrian statue of German Emperor William I rising in background behind the moored Preussen. Next view shows same boat on Rhine and view of Fortress Ehrenbreitstein rising up from dock area. Railroad train visible near dock below Fortress Ehrenbreitstein. View changes to a group of American, French and German soldiers on land. A United States soldier lights up cigarette for a German soldier and he shows an insignia on his cap to the German soldier. The German Army soldier looks at the cap, turns and runs away with two fellow German soldiers following. The two remaining American soldiers and one French soldier stand and laugh.
United States soldiers entering Koblenz, Germany (sometimes spelled Coblenz) from the Coln-Dusseldorfer riverboat at the dock on River Rhine during World War 1. Views from aboard the steamship and from aboard other boats on the Rhine, looking at the steamship and beyond toward a castle overlooking the River Rhine and homes and buildings on the edge of the river. Soldiers seen having food and on duty after their arrival at German Rhineland on Occupation duties. United States flag is also seen.
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
Street fighting between U.S. soldiers and prisoners in Koblenz, Germany during World War II. The prisoners with their hands on the heads. A soldier talks over a handie talkie near a damaged building. The prisoners march down a street. Damaged buildings in the background. A sign board reads "Koblenz".