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A United States convoy burning at a roadside and Kampfgruppe Hansen near Poteau Road Junction

December 18th 1944. Men of Kampfgruppe Max Hansen, part of SS Pz Gren Rgt 2 advance towards Poteau road junction past burning half tracks and Jeeps of U.S. 14th Cavalry group. One man is armed with a Stg44 assault rifle. Cut to squad leader signals advance, in the “wrong direction”. i.e Away from the Poteau junction and back along the road to Recht. Cut to smoke covered road way. Germans attempt to start a captured jeep in field. It faces towards right, away from the front lines. An M8 armoured car burns. PK photographer and officer walk past camera, towards the right. Cuts to Pz Grenadiers walk away from camera towards the Poteau junction. Smoke covers the road. A Jagspanzer IV/70 comes into view and enters the field after the grenadiers have passed. Cut to grenadiers as they walk along the edge of the roadside ditch, past a burning jeep. Cuts to grenadier crawling under barbed wire fence at roadside, first man, with bandaged hand gets caught on the wire by his greatcoat! Second shot of grenadiers running away from camera in direction of Poteau through the smoke of the burning U.S. vehicles. PK photographer moves into frame before. Cuts to Panzergrenadiers moving towards the cameraman past the vehicles. Half tracks and jeeps loaded with personal equipment baggage. Further shots of the burning vehicles. Filmed looking in the direction of Recht (this is the direction the U.S. convoy was heading when it was attacked). (World War II period).

Date: 1944, December 18
Duration: 3 min 19 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Scenes from the German Ardennes offensive in Battle of the Bulge during World War II

Aftermath of initial encounter during German Ardennes offensive in World War 2. These scenes are from an area where the German "Kampfgruppe Hansen," engaged elements of the U.S. 14th Cavalry Group near Poteau,Belgium, during the "Battle of the Bulge." Americans were forced to abandon much equipment and supplies, as these scenes show. Abandoned armor and guns along the roadway. A United States 3" anti-tank gun abandoned at the roadside. A German Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" tank destroyer drives past. German soldiers sit under a wrecked United States armored car and smoke American cigarettes. German infantrymen walking past the scene. A German soldier distributes cigarettes. (Note: German gunner, with belt of ammunition around his neck, seen at TC:1:18-1:20, is Walter Armbrusch aka Hans Tragarsky. This image of him is well known. But his true identity is the subject of much speculation and debate.)

Date: 1944, December 18
Duration: 1 min 29 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Kaiserbaracke Crossroads, Tiger 222. Battle of the Bulge in World War II

Sdkfz 138/1 “Grille” self-propelled guns (Panzerkampfwagen) of 1 SS Pz Div support, attack towards Poteau road junction near St Vith on December 16th 1944. Fall of shot is adjusted by artillery radio crew. Cuts to road junction at Kaiserbaracke, Sdkfz 250 half tracks pass road sign, VW166 stops at sign before moving off. German PK photographer adjusts sign, removing 202 Ord Depot sign. Stoewer 1500a passes camera towing 12cm mortar, VW166 slows in front of camera. Tiger 222, carrying Fallschirmjager of FJR9 passes camera, followed by motorcyclist. Two officers stop to talk on road as other Sdkfz 251 half track passes. Cuts to two officers walking right to left past camera in front of stationary Sdkfz 250. A crew member stands in rear looking on. Cut to close of of VW166 Schwimwagen, driver smoking cigar, officer looks at map.Cut to Tiger 222 stopped outside Ligneuville. Paratroopers on rear deck share cigarettes with motorcyclist. They are armed with K98, MP44, British Sten gun, MG42. Cut to Gustav Knittel looking at map, they look around as U.S. aircraft fly overhead. Cut to Sdkfz 7 with 2cm gun on road, Kubelwagen passes destroyed U.S. 76mm AT gun. (WW 2. World War 2)

Date: 1944, December 16
Duration: 3 min 38 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
American advance in France and belgium is stopped by German counterattack in December 1944. U.S. loses 78 thousand troops.

Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium, in Battle of the Bulge. 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 past the burning vehicles. 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 after weather clears. 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. Narrator offers closing public service war propaganda message: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"

Date: 1944
Duration: 7 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The battle of the bulge in Ardennes, Belgium, 1944, in World War II

Animated map showing disposition of Allied and opposing German forces in Belgium during World War II. Highlighted places include the River Meuse, Bastogne,and Liege. Brief glimpse of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt,commander of the German Army Command in the West. German troops riding through forest over light snow on a King Tiger tank. The tank churning up dirt and snow at high speed in another scene. German infantry moving through the forest at dusk. Illustrated map shows national flags delineating battle fronts and the German breakout (Bulge in the line) aiming toward Antwerp Harbor through Liege. Next are series of rapidly changing scenes showing American troops in combat near houses, moving through smoke and mist, one throwing a hand grenade into an apartment building, helping one another move through buildings, setting off explosives, communicating on a field telephone, moving through burning rubble, and running across snow around industrial buildings. Camera shakes seen during some of the nearby explosions. Two U.S. soldiers silhouetted against the snow as place a wounded buddy in a sheltered spot. One placing a bandage around the neck of the injured soldier. American medics carrying wounded on litters, across a snowy field containing a several fallen soldiers. One soldier calling for a medic. Corpsmen moving on to a new battlefield. U.S. troops firing machine guns from atop Sherman tanks in a city as infantrymen crouch behind the tanks. Glimpse from inside, of a German soldier firing an Mg34 model machine gun out a building window. Embattled American troops and trucks moving past burning buildings. Closeups of American GIs dashing from building to building and firing from improvised shelter. A bazooka fired out a building window strikes a tank, which is seen burning. Individual soldiers running for shelter as Medical Corpmen carry wounded on litter the opposite way. Scene shifts to British forces moving in from further North, through the snow. Glimpse of women and children and aged folks, in Belgium, frightened by the goings on. An old woman holds a small girl who is crying. British infantry advancing into action across a snowy field. A British machine gunner firing from a protected position. U.S. troops entrenched in deep snow. December 24th, clearing weather allowed some Allied air support to aid the troops. Glimpse of aircraft contrails. Formations of Allied aircraft overhead. Aerial view of a formation of British Hawker Typhoon fighter bombers in flight. View from a B-17 in flight with others creating thick contrails at high altitude. Pilot and copilot in cockpit of a bomber in flight. American soldiers on the ground watching with binoculars. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft overhead, break out of formation and dive to attack German ground targets. American GIs on the ground cheer as they watch. A huge explosion takes place near an American crew manning a heavy gun pointing point blank with zero elevation. American soldiers load rockets into a truck-mounted launcher. Several truck-mounted launchers firing their rocket barrages. U.S. infantry advancing atop tanks, in armored personnel carriers, and on foot. They carry axes, shovels and similar tools along with their weapons. Army trucks entering a town. Infantry moving through a forest. More troops on vehicles of all kinds moving into a town.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 43 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Early allied victories in Europe during World War II are challenged by German counter attacks in late 1944

Elements of U.S. Army arriving in a town in France, in August, 1944, during World War 2. Local people line the sides of the roads to welcome them. Young French women reach up to American soldiers in the back of an open stake truck and later mingle with them on the ground. Some of them kiss the soldiers. Some American flags are displayed by people in the crowd of well-wishers. One American soldier holds up a souvenir Nazi flag.Large crowds of French people gathered in a square to welcome the Americans. Many display the "V for Victory" sign with their hands. Film fades to a brief glimpse of a fallen soldier, and new slate reads: "Counterattack." Next, U.S. Medical Corpsmen are seen carrying American wounded to ambulances in the field in December, 1944.Several views of medics attending to American wounded soldiers. American infantrymen advancing across a field beside a Pershing T26E3 tank. (Note: It has 6 bogey wheels. Not designated M26 until 1945.) American infantry advancing into area of burning buildings and then into built up part of town, where they take up defensive positions inside a building. A U.S. soldier firing out a building window. Other U.S. soldiers firing from positions behind a wall. One is next to a mortar. Buildings burning and destroyed all around them. Close-up of American soldiers firing M1 Garand rifles from behind the wall. Infantrymen hunkered down behind a stone wall with light snow atop it. An explosion from a hand grenade raises smoke. A medical Corpsman checks a fallen American soldier for sign of life. Next, a Chaplain is seen reading from a small bible or prayer book, as he stoops over the fallen soldier. Fallen and wounded soldiers are carried to a truck, from the battlefield, on stretchers. Scene shifts abruptly to captured German film depicting two junior officers conversing in the field and then to German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel conversing with an artillery assault gun officer. Rommel holds a pair of eyeglasses in his right hand. The gun officer wears binoculars around his neck. A war torn city. German Volkssturm (People's Militia) parading. Some carry panzerfaust anti-tank weapons over their shoulders. A field full of German King Tiger II Ausf. B Heavy Tanks. One being driven out of the field. A German SdKfz 251 halftrack maneuvering in woods. it is covered with foliage for camouflage. German soldier in an open single seat courier car. It and he are spattered with mud. Close-ups of the mud-spattered driver smoking an cigar. German infantry moving across a field and moving along a road, in the mist. German infantry moving along a muddy road near a forest. A German V-1 Buzz bomb seen overhead with engine running. It flames out. Next an explosion and rising smoke is seen inside a town.

Date: 1944, December
Duration: 3 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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