United States troops penetrate the Seigfried line in Northern France. Troops advance on the battlefield. A sign board reads: 'Kolmar 33 Km'. Soldiers fire. Dead bodies lay on field. Red Cross people help the wounded. Civilians stand outside their houses. American soldiers fight on the snow covered area. Mules carry supplies to the front. Soldiers advance on the front. They build barricades and fire artillery. Smoke arises due to firing. Soldiers take prisoners of war with them. Wounded soldiers. Graves of the dead soldier. Houses in the area. Soldiers on tank move forward on the front.
View of the flight line at Denain Airfield (A-83) in France in April 1945, just prior to the end of world War Two in Europe. Martin B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group taxiing. Airmen standing, around Army Ambulance number 728234, in the foreground. A derrick in the foreground. One of the taxiing B-26s has tail number 43-34138. All the aircraft have broad white stripe on top of their vertical stabilizers. (The aircraft of the 323rd are called the White Tails.) B-26s in flight overhead. Crew chief covers turret guns on a B-26.
Gun camera footage from USAAF P-47 of the 378th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group, operating from Verdun Airfield, France, during World War 2. The aircraft flown by pilot named Bullock, on March 31, 1945, strafes lines of communication, striking vehicles on roads and trains moving on rail lines. In second sequence, the same pilot, now identified on slate, with the 377th Fighter Squadron, on April 4th, attacks a lone German Me-109 seen flying in thin cloud below him.
Aircraft C-47s lined up for takeoff in France. They make successive staggered takeoffs from two queues on dirt strips. C-47s, in formation, flying over Chartres, France. C-47s on way to Drop Zone for paratroopers. Paratroopers drop from C-47s. Sky filled with parachutes. Orange smoke seen on ground.
View from a ground level entrance of the partially wrecked Cathedral of Cologne in Cologne, Germany during World War 2. Scene shifts to a town or village with U.S. Army trucks passing by and German civilians in a queue, a few doors down from the Konditorei (patisserie or bakery). Directional sign pointing toward 67th Medical Evacuation Hospital implies the location is in or near Bonn, as the 67th was located there until March 31, 1945. Scene changes to an elevated view of the Rhine River from the Northwest looking toward the Victor Bridge pontoon bridge, one other pontoon bridge, and the wrecked Ludendorff Bridge (also known as the Remagen Bridge), in the distance, at Remagen, Germany.
A number of Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft of 323rd Bombardment Group (9th Air Force) are lined up for takeoff. As they taxi past camera, tail number of one: 43-34344, is visible. All aircraft display the distinctive White Tail identifying the 323rd BG. (The Group is known to some as Wood's Rocket Raiders, so-named for their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Wilson r. Wood.) The location is Denain Airfield (A-83), near the City of Valenciennes, France. The time is April, 7,1945, a month before VE Day. Several airmen are pitching horseshoes, while others watch. They use a shoe to measure how close one came to the pin. Two airment use a two-man saw to saw a timber while a third sits on it to hold it still.