French occupation of Ruhr in Germany. Soldiers riding horses escort a car carrying President Paul Von Hindenburg of Germany. The car moves down a street with people gathered along the sidewalk. Children welcome their President. Hindenburg drinks from a glass. A large crowd gathered as the President reads from a book.
French occupation of Ruhr in Germany. Rubble spread along the sides of a stream. Logs of wood scattered on the ground. A trolley moves along a line. Two French soldiers move across a rail road track with freight cars in the background. A rail road station. A train pulls away with soldiers loaded onto it.
French occupation of Ruhr in Germany. Women gather to get food. Women carry baskets, kettle and buckets to get food. Men serve food to women.
Wrecked railroads, Coal mines, power plants and factories being rebuilt and rehabilitated in Germany after World War 2. Railroad carts on wrecked stations from Allied bombing during the War. Workers repair rails and tracks destroyed by Allied bombers. Workers in a tire factory build railway and automobile tires, in Munich. Trucks manufactured at a truck factory drive out of the factory. People lined to see some of the items produced for export. British occupied Ruhr Valley. Wrecked Krupp factories in Ruhr Valley. A steel smelting plant in operation, workers pour molten steel. Coal cars leave Ruhr Valley. Animated charts show production and export of coal during 1937 and 1946. Miners enter and leave mines. Miners eat and take half of their food out to the children.
On February 23, 1945, Allies commence operations to cross the Ruhr River in Germany, during World War 2. U.S.artillerymen fire 155mm guns from West bank of Ruhr River,against German lines on the East bank. Troops of Allied 1st and 9th Armies await signal to follow advance platoons that crossed the Ruhr earlier. M4 Sherman tanks fire guns at the river edge. Through misty conditions, troops of 104th Infantry Division, 415th Regiment, carry assault craft and begin crossing the river and attacking the industrial area of North Duren. U.S. soldiers are seen running across fields near large factory buildings and firing from them. Troops walk along street in Duren, after its capture. U.S. troops seen entrenched. A medic adjusts his personal flotation belt. They leave their positions and move along a road to cross the river at Linnich. All soldiers are wearing personal flotation belts as they paddle small assault boats across the swift moving river under enemy fire. One assault boat is overturned. Drenched soldiers make it to land and continue their advance. Army engineers construct a floating footbridge, under enemy fire. A soldier runs across the bridge as an American light airplane flies low overhead, surveying the operation. U.S. troops move through destroyed towns and villages. Large group of captured German prisoners marches toward the rear, with arms held above their heads.
Troops of the U.S. 29th Infantry Division cross a floating footbridge erected by U.S. Army engineers across the Ruhr river at Linnich, Germany, during World War 2. Their mission is to capture the fortress town of Jülich. They hurry across the bridge under enemy fire. Major General Charles Gerhardt, Commander of the 29th Infantry, crosses the footbridge along with his troops. Troops enter the city, which has been destroyed by prior Allied bombing, and flush out remaining German snipers from basements of ruined buildings. Soldier seen firing into a basement. Remains of footbridge across the Ruhr river, destroyed by Germans during the night. Combat engineers work building a new heavy pontoon bridge across the river. A German soldier (narrator states: in an American uniform) carrying a white flag, walks towards U.S. soldiers on the opposite bank of the river, and is shot by one of them. U.S. troops cross the new heavier bridge across the river. A U.S. tank that had crossed the river, is seen. A banner is seen, fastened above a stone arch, reading: "This is Julich Germany. Sorry it is so messed up. But we were in a hurry! 29th (Blue & Grey) Div." The Division insignia appears on the banner.