Early days of Operation Market Garden in Nijmegen, Holland, Netherlands during World war II. Animated map of France, Belgium, and Netherlands. Allied transport and resupply aircraft in flight over clouds. Aerial view of Nijmegen Netherlands. Allied parachutes carrying supplies floating toward ground. The aircraft drop supplies in the south of Nijmegen. First Allied Airborne Army troops arrive by parachutes and gliders. The parachutists jump from the aircraft and descend towards the land. Unusual scene from camera strapped to the chest of a paratrooper. Shows view upon first jumping, and then view from paratrooper in sky descending and surrounded by other paratroopers with aircraft overhead and ground nearing below. U.S. aircraft parked on a field. The sky if filled with parachutists who are landing. German antiaircraft fire targets Allied planes. An Allied aircraft plunges toward the earth and crashes with a fireball. The Allied troops advance. Explosion in the foreground due to bombing. The aircraft drops bombs. Smoke raises in the foreground due to the bombardment. Gliders in flight. British 1st Airborne Division soldiers advance, engaging in Battle of Arnhem.
Arnhem: Fleet of Allied planes in flight. The 1st Allied Airborne Corps troops descend and land near Arnhem, Netherlands. Ground forces march ahead. Members of the Allied corps from the American 82nd Airborne Division capture and cross the 2km long bridge over the Waal at Nijmegen. Dead German soldiers on the bridge. Landing of allied paratroopers near the town of Grave, targeting the bridges over the Maas. Scenes of the Glider Pilot Regiment landing in Holland near Arnhem in Operation Market Garden, including point of view shots from glider in flight under rope tow, and of many paratoopers filling sky during drop. Soldier in jeep being unloaded. A wrecked glider. Allied soldiers take German prisoners. Wounded soldiers. Dutch Resistance Movement officers reveal German troop movements to Allies. A member with an 'ORANJE' insignia on his uniform sleeve. View of German Garrison commander Major General Fridriech Kussin, dead, his body half fallen from his Citroen automobile as Allied troops march by. A bungalow used by the resistance as their headquarters. British soldiers attempting to defend their position near the Arnhem road bridge over the Lower Rhine (now the John Frost Bridge, named after the British Commander who led the forces that defended their position there for 9 days, and subject of the 1977 movie "A Bridge Too Far"). Wounded soldiers on stretchers, from fighting against the German 9th SS and 10th SS Panzer divisions. Views of supplies being dropped to the British forces and the soldiers retrieving dropped supplies. Allied Target Indicators go off at dusk. British soldier communicating on radio as they await arrival of British XXX Corps (who never arrive). Remaining British troops withdrawing after 9 days of battle. British Soldiers retire and walk on streets. Soldiers in military jeeps. The Nijmegen bridge over the Waal River protected by the Allied soldiers. In total 10,600 Allied airborne soldiers landed at Arnhem; 1500 were killed and all but 2398 were captured
U.S. soldiers in Holland during World War 2. Soldiers aboard a jeep passing on a street. Trees in the area. 376th Field Unit hospital on the outskirts of Nijmegen. Two U.S. soldiers carry a tank of blood into the building. American soldiers standing among wounded German prisoners of war lying on litters outside the building and mingling with ambulatory wounded German soldiers in a garden. Closups of several German wounded on stretchers. Local civilians including a nurse in white, helping the wounded. Red Cross corpsman making out identification tags for wounded. Ambulatory wounded standing and walking about in front of the building. U.S. wounded soldiers being transported by jeep and removed from field ambulances. One being carried by a single soldier, into a building and others following on litters. (Note: The gentleman in white coat, at TC: 00:56 to 00:59, has been identified, by his son, as J. Th. van der Schoot, then 35 years old, who worked at the Canisius hospital in Nijmegen, and lived across the street from the 376th Field Unit hospital at Houtlaan nr.19, Nijmegen.)
German troops fight the Allied forces in the Netherlands during World War 2. Animated map locates Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands. German troops fire at British parachutists and gliders as they descend from their transport aircraft. Afterwards they pursue and engage those who made it safely to the ground. Scattered Allied equipment, dead bodies and downed gliders. Burning gliders. Allied aircraft shot down and crashing. British prisoners of war seated in a group in a meadow.
Deserted street in Nijmegen,Holland during World War 2. An explosion occurs at the end of the street. Camera moves to Mariënburgsestraat, to show a burning military armored vehicle, with flames spreading to adjacent building. Dense black smoke rises from the fire and a secondary explosion occurs. Camera view from the other side of the fire, showing the building now completely ablaze, with fire visible at every window. Camera switches back and forth between the burning armored vehicle and the building now completely consumed by the fire.
U.S. soldiers in Holland during World War II. Rubbled buildings in an area. Soldiers standing and talking. 376th Field Unit hospital on the outskirts of Nijmegen. Several patients standing outside the building. Wounded men are brought inside the building. The patients receive food. They eat food outside the building.