Election riots in Saarbrucken,Germany. Scenes of Industrial area with ropeway conveyor,trams and chimneys. Minister-president Johannes Hoffmann, a pro-French leader addresses a group regarding the Franco German treaty which would give equal economic rights to both nations. Civilians protest in opposition of the treaty.
Civilians crossing steel Bridge across the Rhine (Rhein) River,at Saarbrucken, under observation by armed French troops in 1920. The bridge is partially obstructed by barbed wire obstacles deliberately placed. The roadbed is paved with stone blocks and has a rail line in it's center. The civilians appear to be heading to work. As they leave the bridge, heavy industrial facilities, including smoke stacks can be seen in the distance. At another bridge, British troops delay crossing citizens, as they search them. (Saarland was occupied jointly by the British and French, under League of Nations mandate following World War 1.) View of waterway from bridge, showing several commercial side-wheeler steam vessels. French troops man a machine gun emplacement.
Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, carrying a Field Marshal's baton, lead a procession of Nazi officers and officials along a street in Saarbrücken, Germany, three years after the Saar territory rejoined Germany, in 1935. (This visit was included in Hitler's return from travel to the Sudetenland.) Next Hitler is seen standing in an open car as it passes a construction project, where some workers stand on scaffolding. On the street below, are Nazi officers and officials, and behind them, citizens fill the sidewalks. Joseph Goebbels is seen riding in the back seat of the car. Among business establishments along the street, they pass the Saarland Hotel, bedecked with swastikas. Some of the hotel staff wave from a balcony.
Activities of the U.S. Army Military Police (MPs). A civilian family in a car is stopped at a check post by a U.S. Army MP accompanied by a local policeman, in Germany. The driver presents identifcation document. An American 1955 Oldsmobile convertible car stops at barrier on opposite side of road, and the MP and local policemen clear it to enter as they also raise the barrier for the first car. Family in the departing car wave at family in the Oldsmobile. A line of German cars awaits entry at the checkpoint.
A U.S. Army VH-3A helicopter lands on the lawn of the Hotel General von Steuben, in Wiesbaden, Germany. A crowd of spectators stands across the drive from the hotel lawn, constrained by German policemen. U.S. Air Force Military policemen stand guard on the nearer side of the drive. Soon the Presidential VH-3 helicopter, Marine One, lands on the lawn. It displays the Presidential seal and that of the Military District of Washington, DC. Next, President John F. Kennedy is seen walking past the Army helicopter and into the U.S. Military's Hotel General von Steuben. He is accompanied by German Chancellor, Ludwig Erhard, U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk and U.S. Army Aide, Brigadier General Chester V. Clifton, along with a phalanx of Secret Service Agents. Other officials look out from a dining room window of the hotel as the Presidential party arrives. (Note: In the 1950s, the U.S. built three large military hotels in Wiesbaden. In 1951,a star-shaped Hotel [the American Arms] was built on Frankfurter Strasse. In 1955, the 9-story Amelia Earhart Hotel was opened. It was a utilitarian structure, with row after row of windows. President Nixon once stayed there. It closed in 1995. The General von Steuben Hotel, depicted in this film, was the newest, built in 1956, on Auguste Viktoria Strasse, near the train station. It is now a commercial hotel, "the Dorint Hotel Pallas Wiesbaden." )
Former commanders who were involved with the seizure of the Remagen Bridge, in Germany, March 7, 1955. On the tenth anniversary of that event, President Eisenhower presents them certificates of membership in the "Society of Remagen Bridge," which the President instituted, personally. The last to receive his certificate is Lieutenant General John W. Leonard, former Commanding General of the 9th Armored Division. Among others present are: Charles E. Wilson, Secretary of Defense; General Carl Spaatz, former commander of U.S. Strategic Air Force in Europe; and General Alfred M. Gruenther, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. President Eisenhower, seated at a table, with General Carl Spaatz, at his left, poses for pictures surrounded by the recipients