U.S. 9th Army on the offensive in World War 2, at Linnich,Germany. Two U.S. tanks engaged in field firing. Tank crew members study field maps. U.S. 9th Army infantry takes cover in trenches and foxholes. Medic in a foxhole puts on a life belt.
U.S. 9th Army infantrymen, wearing U.S. M1926 Life belts as part of their battle gear, advance through destroyed German Town of Linnich, Germany, in World War 2. Wreckage and rubble of destroyed buildings,everywhere. Infantrymen enter a building, one at a time, through a hole in the wall. . U.S. medic treating the wounded can be seen in the background. A field medical station with red cross outside, is set up in a bombed out structure. A U.S. amphibious assault vehicle drives through the town.
Engineers of the U.S. 9th Army construct a pontoon footbridge while under fire at bank of Roer River in Linnich,Germany. during World War 2. U.S. 9th Army infantrymen take cover. Infantrymen and medics race across the bridge.
U.S. 9th Army infantrymen at a river bank in Linnich,Germany, during World War 2. The infantrymen move up the bank and crawl pass a wired fence. A U.S. half track is in the background. A large column of German prisoners is marched under guard by the American troops on the streets of the devastated town.
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.
United States 1st Army and 9th Army open their combined attack on Roer River fortresses in Germany. Wrecked buildings in view. The troops then advance to Cologue Plain. Bombardment precedes their fighting advances into Zulich, Linnich, Neuss, Baal and Erkelenze and later across Rhine River. Dead bodies of German soldiers. Pontoon Bridge approach to various cities. General Simpson and General Eisenhower on a tour of inspection in ruined Zulich. U.S. troops parade through the streets, including four soldiers wearing top hats. Smiling children. Nazi prisoners and refugees march on streets. People released from concentration camps smile and greet allied troops.