6 August 1944: A U.S. armored column on the outskirts of Mayenne on their way to Paris. Soldiers in trucks, jeeps and half tracks. Soldiers prepare to fight, push artillery across a field. Troops march into Mayenne. Civilians welcome and greet the soldiers. U.S. troops and a van on the road. The troops and tanks enter Laval. Civilians greet the soldiers. Civilians on bicycles wave to soldiers in a truck. Soldiers and civilians at a bombed bridge. Soldiers fire at Nazis across the river from behind a wall. Civilians with French flags on the streets. A woman collaborationist surrounded by French men, holds pictures and has a Swastika on her dress front. A woman holds a broken picture of Adolf Hitler. People with US, British, and French flags in a building window.
U.S. tanks and infantry advance in France during World War II. People in a balcony hold the French and the United States flags. An official in the balcony speaks to the crowd assembled below. Troops enter Mayenne. Civilians cheer the troops passing in truck. The troops march across debris of houses and buildings. A sign board reads ' Boulevard Du Marechal Petain'. The troops march along a road as they cross Mayenne. A United States truck drives past the soldiers. The troops in military cars drive past a Christian cross. Tanks and infantry move past a Renault factory. They enter Laval. Infantrymen fire at the Germans across a river in Laval.
U.S. 3rd Army under Lieutenant General Patton in World War 2. Tanks roll down. Soldiers and tankers of the 3rd Army move forward. Patton looks through binoculars. Patton with other officers. Soldiers fire artillery. A soldier talks into a radio. Patton's troops move forward. Enemy soldiers surrender. Tanks and troops move forward. Soldiers aim and fire. Soldiers in the streets of Saint Malo. German soldiers taken as prisoners of war. Civilians cheer and welcome the American troops. Soldier drinks from cups. A sign reads 'Mayenne'. Troops move towards Germany fighting on their way. Soldiers move through the jungle terrain. Patton with his officers. The 3rd Army crosses river Siene. Patton in an aircraft. The planes of the 8th Army Air Force drop bombs on the enemy positions. Tanks fire artillery. Patton with soldiers. Trucks move forward. Headlights of trucks moving forward at the night. Patton comes out of a building and sits in a jeep. Army officers including General Eisenhower and Patton have dinner. Patton with soldiers. Soldiers of the 3rd Army load and fire artillery and capture Metz. Fight in the streets of Metz. Dead soldiers lay on the ground. German soldiers taken as prisoners. American flag is raised. The battle of Bulge- Soldiers on the snow covered terrain of Ardennes. Patton's 3rd Army moves toward Bastogne. Soldiers remove snow from ground in the icy winds. A soldier looks up into the sky. Planes drop bombs and tanks fire artillery. The soldiers aim and fire. Patton decorates soldiers. (Narrator in clip is Ronald Reagan).
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.