A U.S. Army staff car displaying a bumper plate with three stars, arrives at a building in Nieuwkerk, Netherlands, being used as headquarters of the U.S. Ninth Army's XVI Corps. Military policemen guard the entrance. Occupants step from the car. Next, Ninth Army Commander, Lieutenant General William H. Simpson, is seen standing in front of the building, with XVI Corps Commander, Major General John B. Anderson (momentarily hatless). In next scene both generals pose (Anderson now wearing his steel helmet). As the two converse, a British staff car drives up. The two American generals salute, as British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery steps from the car. Next, Montgomery stands in the street, removing his overcoat (with a little difficulty), as he chats with the two U.S. generals. A military photographer, in the background, takes pictures. The three leaders continue their conversations on the sidewalk in front of the building. Closeup of Marshal Montgomery speaking as two army photographers are seen, along with some town dwellings, in the background.
British Army Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery with U.S. Generals in Nieuwkerk, Germany during World War II. Montgomery, U.S. Army Lt. General William H. Simpson and U.S. Army Major General John B. Anderson come out from XVI Corps Headquarters. A soldier takes pictures in the foreground. British soldiers stand in front of the headquarters. Montgomery, Simpson and Anderson standing with other officers. Montgomery looks around and speaks to U.S. Generals. Montgomery, Simpson and Anderson escorted by an officer walk along a road. Buildings and soldiers in the background. They enter the headquarters and come out. A car parked in the foreground. The three of them stand together and talk. Montgomery puts on his coat while talking.
Celebes, Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Air-Sea Rescue June 11, 1945. View from low flying aircraft of a 13th Air Force B-24 ditched in Japanese-controlled waters off the coast of Celebes, NEI. A Catalina PBY flying boat of the Jungle Air Force's 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron, lands and picks up the B-24 crew. However, as it takes off on the water, it founders and crashes, killing three men. An accompanying PBY lands immediately and picks up all survivors who are aboard a rubber raft. Crew members on the wing of the PBY, help survivors aboard.
Low altitude aerial views from an aircraft circling the Dutch submarine, O 19, stranded on Ladd Reef, in the South China Sea, with bow raised high above water and stern submerged.
Note: According to Klaas van der Veen,of the Netherlands, whose father was second in command on the O 19, the boat went aground while on the way to Subic Bay, Phillipines, on July 8, 1945 (July 7th East of the International Date Line). After three days trying to free the O 19 using full reverse power at high tide, blowing air, firing torpedoes, and jettisoning ballast, the crew was rescued by the U.S. submarine, USS Cod, which torpedoed the O 19, after all critical equipment had been removed.
Internees at a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Serge Kaplan, Jewish internee from Eindhoven Netherlands speaks about the difficult conditions at various concentration camps which made life difficult for the internees and also led to death of many people. He states that he was in a concentration camp in Poland and came to Buchenwald in January 1945. He expresses his joy on being set free by the American Army.
Artillery batteries of British and Canadian forces, under command of Field Marshal Montgomery, bombard German positions on the German-Dutch border.British artillery firing BL 4.5 inch Medium Guns and 155mm heavy guns, in an 11 hour bombardment of German positions east of Nijmegen, Netherlands. Snow covers the ground. A British Land Mattress rocket launcher firing a salvo of 3-inch rockets. I Infantry of 1st Canadian Army, under command of General H.T.G Crerar, march toward an area between the Mars and Rhine rivers. They move through forest of the Reichswald, where they encounter Siegfried Line obstacles. British and Canadian tanks using heavy chain mine flails are seen beating their way through mine fields. Infantry in single file silhouetted against a light sky. Canadian Sherman tanks advancing with infantry. One is labeled "Spitfire II." Churchill tanks and heavy vehicles advance, including Churchill AVRE fascine mat-laying vehicles and Churchill ARKs (Armoured Ramp Carriers). Sherman tanks pass, including one named "Diana." British Armor pushing through rain-soaked and partly flooded towns towing BL 4.5 guns. They reach Kleve (formerly spelled Cleve) on February 11, 1945. Roadside sign reads: "Reichs-Grenze"(Border of Germany). Sherman tank of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade firing point blank on city street in Kleve. British troops taking cover behind tank destroyer moving slowly along street. Large number of German prisoners of war being marched to an assembly area. British infantry continuing their advance toward Goch, Germany.