U.S. Army Brigadier General Benjamin Davis in Liege, Belgium during World War II. Brigadier General Davis arrives in Liege in a car. He inspects a quarter master (QM) depot and engineering installations. He talks to Negro troops. A sign board on the top of a building reads 'Enlisted Men Mess'. The Brigadier General inspects living quarters, barracks and mess halls.
A ceremony in Liege, Belgium (possibly related to the end of hostilities in World War I). Field artillery and caissons are displayed in neat formation in the courtyard of the Archbishop's Palace, Liege, Belgium. The surrounding structure is notable for its unusual columns, among other things. Belgian Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Armand de Ceuninck, delivers a speech to assembled military and officials. He wears an Army Great Coat, and a star-shaped medal at his throat. Afterwards, The Bishop and Roman Catholic priests sprinkle holy water and bless the assembly. The speech and ceremony are captured on film by photographers.
Animated map showing disposition of Allied and opposing German forces in Belgium during World War II. Highlighted places include the River Meuse, Bastogne,and Liege. Brief glimpse of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt,commander of the German Army Command in the West. German troops riding through forest over light snow on a King Tiger tank. The tank churning up dirt and snow at high speed in another scene. German infantry moving through the forest at dusk. Illustrated map shows national flags delineating battle fronts and the German breakout (Bulge in the line) aiming toward Antwerp Harbor through Liege. Next are series of rapidly changing scenes showing American troops in combat near houses, moving through smoke and mist, one throwing a hand grenade into an apartment building, helping one another move through buildings, setting off explosives, communicating on a field telephone, moving through burning rubble, and running across snow around industrial buildings. Camera shakes seen during some of the nearby explosions. Two U.S. soldiers silhouetted against the snow as place a wounded buddy in a sheltered spot. One placing a bandage around the neck of the injured soldier. American medics carrying wounded on litters, across a snowy field containing a several fallen soldiers. One soldier calling for a medic. Corpsmen moving on to a new battlefield. U.S. troops firing machine guns from atop Sherman tanks in a city as infantrymen crouch behind the tanks. Glimpse from inside, of a German soldier firing an Mg34 model machine gun out a building window. Embattled American troops and trucks moving past burning buildings. Closeups of American GIs dashing from building to building and firing from improvised shelter. A bazooka fired out a building window strikes a tank, which is seen burning. Individual soldiers running for shelter as Medical Corpmen carry wounded on litter the opposite way. Scene shifts to British forces moving in from further North, through the snow. Glimpse of women and children and aged folks, in Belgium, frightened by the goings on. An old woman holds a small girl who is crying. British infantry advancing into action across a snowy field. A British machine gunner firing from a protected position. U.S. troops entrenched in deep snow. December 24th, clearing weather allowed some Allied air support to aid the troops. Glimpse of aircraft contrails. Formations of Allied aircraft overhead. Aerial view of a formation of British Hawker Typhoon fighter bombers in flight. View from a B-17 in flight with others creating thick contrails at high altitude. Pilot and copilot in cockpit of a bomber in flight. American soldiers on the ground watching with binoculars. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft overhead, break out of formation and dive to attack German ground targets. American GIs on the ground cheer as they watch. A huge explosion takes place near an American crew manning a heavy gun pointing point blank with zero elevation. American soldiers load rockets into a truck-mounted launcher. Several truck-mounted launchers firing their rocket barrages. U.S. infantry advancing atop tanks, in armored personnel carriers, and on foot. They carry axes, shovels and similar tools along with their weapons. Army trucks entering a town. Infantry moving through a forest. More troops on vehicles of all kinds moving into a town.
Activities of American first Army in Germany. Aerial and ground views of an Allied supply depot at Liege, Belgium. U.S. Army soldiers arrange supply boxes. Signal Corps engineers work on readying communication lines from the rear to the front and are seen stringing communication lines and preparing communication hubs. New transmission equipment of various kinds are received and installed for news. U.S. Army engineers supervise steel manufacture and sawmill operation in Luxembourg at a protected steel works facility that was taken over by the Allied Supreme Command. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel walk on finished steel beams and check them before shipment front. Plank boards are cut and stacked for use in road projects. U.S. engineers repair a bridge over the Meuse in Belgium that had been damaged in the Battle of Belgium. Train crosses a repaired bridge over the Meuse, and U.S. military and civilian pedestrian traffic seen on the bridge road. Track connectors are installed to better grip in mud and allow passage of Allied tanks and tracked vehicles. Aerial view of Siegfried line and Dragons Teeth. U.S. forces seen using a tank bulldozer and mud to effectively bury Dragon's Teeth tank traps to allow passage through the Siegfried Line. Allied trucks and vehicles are repaired. A convoy of Allied supply trucks passes by through a snowy landscape bringing supplies to the front in preparation for invasion into Germany.
Sand table animation shows plan of attack on Liege. Point of application for initial thrusts is Fort Eben Emael. Map illustrates bombardment fron the air by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). River Meuse and the Albert canal in the city. Bridge on the river. First line-the Ijssel position, second line-the Grebbe position, third line-the the Meuse position, fourth line- the Peel position. Fifth line-the Willem canal fortification and sixth line-the Albert canal fortification. Soldiers move in trucks on the street. German assault and shock troops use rubber boats with ladders to cross river Meuse under fire. Mechanized German infantry and bicycle contingents cross river Meuse over bridges not destroyed. Houses and buildings alongside the street. Soldiers fire guns in field. Smoke arises due to the firing. Soldiers at a boat in the waterway. High altitude view of the city. Wrecked field in the city. Heavy smoke arises from firing and bombardment. Soldiers walk on the street.
The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. An animated map depicts the German campaign to capture Liege (Luttich) and Fort Eben-Amael in Belgium. German troops invade Holland. Soldiers in trucks. Germans cross the Meuse (Maas) in boats. A collapsed bridge over the river. Armed German soldiers on bicycles cycle through a village. Soldiers drag a boat on the road. The Germans capture Fort Eben-Amael using flamethrowers. Soldiers fire guns during street fights. A soldier wades through shallow water while others cross a field amidst explosions. Bomb explosions and bomb damaged buildings. Soldiers take cover in a field. German troops cross the Albert Canal in Belgium. Troops in boats make their way across. They advance with tanks. Soldiers dig fox holes and eat. Soldiers man tanks and fire artillery. German aircraft bomb Allied positions. Bomb damaged buildings and ruins. Black smoke arises due to explosions. German soldiers march Belgian and Dutch prisoners of war on a street.