U.S. soldiers in St. Geertruid, Holland during World War II. A soldier comes out of a snow covered foxhole. He talks to another soldier. A group of soldiers huddles around a fire to keep warm. Hands and feet of the soldiers. A soldier's feet in mud. A soldier digs a foxhole with a shovel.
National feast day starts in Amsterdam, Holland. Dutch Saint Nickolas enters the city signaling the starting of a feast day. Saint Nickolas on horseback. People crowd on either side of the street. They look at the Saint and cheer. Floats and other men move on the street. Children look at the floats. A man takes pictures. The Saint on horseback waves to the onlookers on the street.
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.
A newsreel titled 'Black, white, and cool' shows models displaying white kid gloves,white suede kid sandals and white hand bags at the Saint Regis Hotel in New York City. A model displays her black summer dress. Another model shows a matching dress and parasol combination "to avoid freckles" according to narrator Vicki Vola. A mother and daughter in matching cotton plaid dresses.
Tail and crushed wings of American B-17 bomber, one of several shot down over the Germany-Holland border, during World War 2. Bodies of two U.S. airmen lying on the ground next to the debris. Remains of crashed B-17, Serial number 42-39822, of the U.S. 333rd Bomb Squadron, 94th Bombardment Group, which was shot down by German FW-190s while returning from a mission to Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany, on January 11, 1944. A fuselage from downed allied warplane being hauled away on a truck. A junkyard filled with American warplane parts, stacked by type, engines in one pile, tails in another, etc. One vertical fin, marked with the 'triangle A' of the 91st Bomb Group, is from B-17G, tail number 42-37737, named "Tennessee Toddy" of the 401st Bomb Squadron. It crash landed after losing two engines, on 10 October 1943, at Brocklanderweg, near Apeldoorn, Holland. Two U.S. Army Air Corps prisoners being interrogated by a German officer. Group of United States airmen prisoners of war, apparently showing personal identifications (dog tags) to a German interrogator.
A traditional Christmas parade in Holland. St Nicholas (also known as Sinterklass or Sancta Claus in the Netherlands) seated on a horse and people stand by the side of roads and cheer for him. Queen, Princess Juliana, her children and husband Prince Bernard look out from the window of their Palace. The procession moves on streets and Saint Nicholas presents gifts to young children in the crowd.