German Paratroop Commander, Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant Colonel) Baron Friedrich August von der Heydte is seen following his surrender to U.S. forces at Monschau, Germany, during World War 2. He has a bandaged right arm, injured when he led a contingent of paratroopers in a nighttime drop during German Operation Stösser. He is being carried on a stretcher and placed aboard a U.S. Army field ambulance. ( Note: Von der Heydte commanded German paratroopers in the ill-fated parachute landings of Operation Stösser, on the Hautes Fagnes, Belgium, during the Ardennes counter-offensive. After attempting, for a couple of days, to return to German lines,through thickly forested area, the exhausted Von der Heydte gave himself up to the Americans at Monschau, Germany.)
United States military government officials at Aachen Archives in Monschau, Germany during World War II. The government officials collect archives stored in a cave. German civilians show the officers the location of records. A jeep with a board 'Military Government Officials' written on it drives past on a dirt road. German civilians and the officers carry the records from the cave and load them into army trucks. A U.S. soldier carries a pile of files and opens one of them. A looseleaf folder and the title page of the records.
U.S. soldiers advance through the Monschau Forest in Germany during World War II. U.S. soldiers advance across a snow covered field. The soldiers in snow capes walk through the thick forest. Trees in the area.
U.S. soldiers advance through the Monschau Forest in Germany during World War II. U.S. soldiers advance across a snow covered field. They wear snow capes and advance through the forest. They dig out snow for constructing shelters for the night.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.