Scenes of the first daylight strategic bombing by the United States Air Forces against targets in German-controlled Europe. A dozen B-17s execute the first mission against railroad marshaling yards in German-held Rouen, France, on August 17, 1942. A year later, large numbers of U.S. bombers attack Schweinfurt, Germany during World War II. U.S. B-17 Flying Fortress planes take off from U.S. Air Base in England. A formation of B-17s in flight. They head towards Germany. U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and his aides confer. Unescorted B-17s over Schweinfurt under heavy attack by German FW-190 fighter planes. The B-17s drop bombs over the target area. Ruins of Schweinfurt after bombings. A FW-190 goes down after facing attack. Dead and wounded men unloaded from B-17s which return from the Schweinfurt raid. Panoramic views of ruined Schweinfurt on August 20, 1943.
American officials in Schweinfurt, Germany after World War II. American officials interrogating German civilians for Nazis. American officials seated at a table in an open area. Two Germans seated across the table. Several civilians gathered around the area. Several buildings in the area. Views of German civilians. Two other civilians seated at the table. One of them wearing an armband. The civilians interrogated by the officials.
American officials in Schweinfurt, Germany, near the end of World War II in Europe. U.S. Army soldiers questioning a group of young German boys in military uniform. The GIs and the young boy German soldiers standing in a field. Several soldiers in the background. Close up views of the faces of the Hitler youth or German boy soldiers, most of whom appear to be in their early teen years. An American soldier questioning the young men writes notes in a small book.
American soldiers guard German soldiers in Schweinfurt, Germany during World War II. American soldiers guard German soldiers as they dig in rubbles with shovels. Damaged buildings in the background.
American soldiers in Schweinfurt, Germany at conclusion of World War II in Europe. An American soldier holding a gun beside the body of a German soldier hanging from a tree. The soldier takes the body down and lays it down on the ground. A soldier near the rubble of a ball bearing factory. A few GIs walk through the rubble of the factory. Two GIs inspecting boxes of ball bearings. One of the GIs running his hand through the ball bearings in the box. The Gis near a damaged rail car. One of the GIs prying through ball bearings on the ground beside a rail car.
German prisoners working, under guard by United States soldiers shortly after the end of WWII in Europe. U.S. soldiers with rifles guard the working German prisoners in Schweinfurt, Germany. Prisoners working in an area damaged by bombs. Two prisoners carry stones, walking on rubble near a building destroyed by bombs.