Allied 9th Army advancing beyond Munich, Germany, during World War II. U.S. soldiers firing mortars from a street and a cemetery. Allied troops crossing a pontoon bridge across a river. U.S.soldier, from 102nd Infantry Division, leads line of German civilians to safety, as troops and vehicles enter the town of Erkelenz. U.S. troops fill the streets and sidewalks of the town as they pass through. Prisoners of war and forced laborers are freed by advancing Allied forces. Group is seen wearing berets. One wears a fez. Boxes of Red Cross foods intended for American prisoners are found opened and used by Germans in Eppendorf, Germany. On February 28th, 1945, soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 413th Regiment, 104th Infantry Division,find the boxes in German military billets and throughout the town. Views of boxes with "American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package," written on them. Units of the 1st Allied Army are seen driving directly toward Cologne, Germany. A Sherman tank is seen completely covered by U.S. infantrymen, riding on top. U.S. infantrymen cross stream on makeshift steel bridge. Infantrymen take cover in railroad culvert as tanks of U.S. 3rd Armored Division move forward to deal with intense German resistance. Incoming artillery shell squeals overhead and explodes nearby out of camera view. U.S. troops take shelter behind brick wall. U.S. troops occupy abandoned German trenches. A commanding defensive view from one of the trenches. On March 2, 1945, troops of the 83rd Infantry Division, advancing toward Cologne, pass through town of Neusse. Sign on wall reads: "Mit Hitler zum Sieg." Another reads: "Wir kapitulieren nie!" U.S. troops reach the Rhein River. Telephoto lense view shows city of Dusseldorf and its bridges, spanning the Rhein (Rhine) River.
U.S. soldiers raid houses in Munich in search of suspects during World War II. Line of tanks, jeeps, and half tracks along roads and streets of Munich on swoop raid. Army vehicles move through bombed out Munich. Infantrymen run along street of Munich. Soldiers raid house for suspected under grounders. Soldiers search a house. A man being arrested. Suspect enters a Command Post. Officer questions the suspect. Suspected homes being raided by soldiers, arrests are made and suspects being brought in for questioning. Suspects leave the Command Post afterwards.
U.S. infantrymen and tanks advance towards Munich, Germany during World War II. A U.S. motorized column moves towards Munich. A tank laden with infantrymen fords a stream. U.S. troops cross a stream in small boats. Infantry patrols move through fields and into the streets of Munich. Infantrymen talk to German civilians after entering Munich.
Nazi plaque at Feldturn Halle (in memory of the 16 original Nazi members who were shot when Hitler started in Munich in 1923). A bridge on a river in Munich, Germany. Buildings of Munich damaged due to the bombing by the Allied bombers during World War II. Civilians pass by the ruins of destroyed buildings. The famous "Church of Two Towers" (Munich Frauenkirche) damaged by bombing of Allied bombers. The towers of this church.
Street scene in Munich, Germany, at end of World War II. Germans gathered at a street corner. An American jeep, displaying a single star on its bumper, driving along the street, past boys riding on bicycles. U.S. Brigadier General, carrying brief case, steps from jeep and enters building. Inside, two U.S. soldiers stand in front of a large map labeled Brunn's Plan of Munich. Group of high-ranking German officers enter room with an American soldier interpreter. They discuss the map with the U.S. Brigadier General. Outside a large group of German officers and POW German soldiers is gathered on a sidewalk. A larger group is assembled at a small square in front of buildings, guarded by members of the U.S. 222nd Anti-Tank Company of the 42nd Division. The German troop prisoners line up in formation and march, several abreast, along a street, led by a U.S.Army truck pulling a mobile weapon. Several American soldiers accompany the group. German citizens walking on street and sidewalks seem to ignore the activity. As the German soldiers pass through the ancient Munich Karlstor City Gate at the center of the city (Near Karlsplatz - Stachus, Neuhauser Street), they hold their hands behind their necks.
United States Army soldiers passing by partially damaged streetcars. Ornamental statues seen. Several pedestrians seen on the street and several people seen on bicycles. Jeeps carrying soldiers pass through the streets. They pass by railroad yards and wrecked buildings destroyed by Allied bombing in World War II.