U.S. Third Army soldiers advance in France nearing border with Germany during World War II. A map locates positions of Allied troops advancing towards Metz and toward Strasburg Germany. World War 2 United States Army soldiers of the 5th Infantry surround and bombard the French city of Metz. American soldiers surround Metz. They fire artillery on the battlefield. Smoke rises from the firing and bombardment and Metz cathedral is seen in the background. Camouflaged artillery fire against German positions. The American soldiers of the 5th Infantry advancing through sniper fire and engaged in building clearing operations in Metz. Bomb damaged buildings of Metz along the sides of a street. The soldiers searching houses. A street sign for Hermann Goering Strasse in Metz. Captured and surrendering German prisoners marching towards a stockade or prison under U.S. Army guard. A rubbled area. Bomb damaged buildings and destruction in Metz after Allied forces take control of the city.
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).
The German invasion of France during World War II. The ancient German city of Strasbourg is in German hands. The Reich War Flag raised in the town. Views of the Strasbourg Cathedral. Civilians watch as German tanks advance on the city streets. The German invasion of Metz. Soldiers march through the city streets and past a bridge. German armored vehicles on streets beside Metz Cathedral, also called St. Stephen's Cathedral in Metz (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Metz). Civilians watch as Germans take over. German soldiers on horses and on foot. German soldiers holding several young French children and talking to them.
U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower visits U.S. General George S. Patton's American 3rd Army in Metz, France, during World War II. U.S. soldiers stand in formation. U.S. General Eisenhower reviews the soldiers. The soldiers on tanks advance. The troops fire mortars, bazookas, 155 mm artillery. Explosions in the city. A building burning. Smoke in the sky. A damaged building. A sign with Nazi insignia. A tank rolls down a street.
French and 3rd Army troops enter Strasbourg. They advance in the Metz area. The 9th army advances through German villages. Soldiers walk on the battlefield. Dead body of a soldier lay on the ground. Prisoners walk along with the soldiers. Civilians return to their homes after the battle. Men gather outside buildings discussing amongst themselves. Soldiers at a rail road station. Soldiers and civilians stand outside buildings. Soldiers fire. Medical aid stations at various places on the battlefield. Soldiers enter the aid station. A soldier dies due to the firing. Soldiers on tank. They march forward on the battlefield. Soldiers on jeep.
U.S. 7th Army and French troops recapture French cities during World War 2. French troops parade in Metz. The troops march in formation through the city streets. U.S. Army Major General Walton H. Walker, who led the U.S. Army and the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in the capture of the city from the Germans. General Walker with other officers walks out of a building. French soldiers stand in a formation during a ceremony in which the city is to be returned to the French. In the official ceremony, General Walker returns the city to French Lieutenant-General Andre-Marie-François Dody, acting for his country.The crowd cheers. The Generals walk away. Scene shifts to Strasbourg, where Provost Marshal McIntyre, of the U.S. 7th Army, accepts the surrender of Two German Battalions (5 thousand troops) from their commanding General. The surrendered German soldiers are lined up in the street. German officers waiting to get into trucks. In another sequence, a sign on a street in Belfort reads 'N.463 Montbeliard'. French 1st Army troops on tanks advance through the streets in Belfort. A sign showing the direction to Belfort Castle. French troops fire at the castle in Belfort. Soldiers behind a wall and an M-3 Stuart tank and an anti-tank gun fire from behind the Theatre Granit building at the Belfort Castle. Explosions occur at places in the castle. An underground tunnel of the Belfort Castle is inspected by a French General. Several officers walking with the General. The French flag hoisted on the castle. U.S.Major General Walker proceeding with officers over a bridge. The officers on a path on a hill. Aerial view of buildings.