U.S. 95th Infantry Division troops in Saarlautern Germany during World War 2. A sign reads 'you are now entering Germany through the courtesy of 95th Div'. Two U.S. troops stand beside the sign. The soldier on the right is Technician Fourth Grade (T/4) Julian Koentz, of Trenton, Illinois, a member of the 378th Infantry Regiment, 95th Division. A road sign identifies the town of 'Saarlautern'. The troops in vehicles enter the town. A sign posted on a a tree reads 'Danger Beware of Mines and Booby Traps'. The soldier on the left is Sgt Andrew Rauch of Chicago,Illinois, also of the 378th Infantry. (Note: Rauch was identified by Julian Koentz, while looking over still photos of this event with his son Robert L Koentz, who provided this information.)
Ruins of the city Saarlautern in Germany. Wreckage of a building. Leafless trees besides road. Empty sideway along buildings. Artillery on the road. A soldier stands beside it and other walk on road. Building of Adolf Hitler Platz. Ruins of a building. A soldier rides bicycle.
United States soldiers 95th division in Saarlautern, Germany. Wreckage of buildings, leafless trees besides road. Soldiers on road besides ruins of the buildings, two soldiers repair damaged communication lines. Sign: Adolf Hitler Platz on side of a building. Soldier walks on road with wrecked building in the background.
United States soldiers 95th division in Saarlautern, Germany. Improvised Hooper towed by truck spreads sand on highway. Engineers on truck spread sand on trolley of Hopper with spade. Two engineers on 2 ½ ton truck work with spade and one engineer work on Hooper.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. 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. 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. 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. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.