French General Charles De Gaulle arrives by car and is greeted by local girls outside the Cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, during World War II. He enters the cathedral to participate in services of thanks for the French military victory over German forces in the Colmar pocket, Alsace. Among others present in the cathedral are French Generals Jean de Lattre de Tassigny; Philippe Leclerc ; and Alphonse Juin. Outside, in the city square, General De Gaulle reviews French armor and troops and decorates French soldiers who participated in the Colmar and Strasbourg battles, as enthusiastic local citizens cheer. Later, in Severne, Alsace, General De Gaulle honors two American Generals with French military decorations. U.S. 7th Army Commander, Major General Alexander Patch (Sandy) receives the Legion of Honor and U.S. 6th Army Group Commander, Lieutenant General Jacob Devers receives the Grand Officer Award. U.S.Military band plays and U.S.troops march in review past De Gaulle, Patch and Devers.
German troops are seen in white winter garb, during World War 2. Narrator mentions combat against Anglo-Canadian forces, and then speaks of preparation for the New Year's offensive. Heinrich Himmler, as commander of Army Group "Oberrhein" had ordered the launch of Operation Nordwind to recapture Strasbourg. Accordingly, On New Year's Eve, 1945,The Germans launch an offensive (Nordwind) into Alsace, attacking the Allied 6th Army Group at multiple points. On January 5, 1945, Army Group Oberrhein begins a support attack by General Otto von dem Bach's XIV SS Corps, the 553d Volksgrenadier Division, reinforced with armor and commando units. They are seen crossing the Rhein in small boats at Gambsheim, just ten miles north of Strasbourg. Allied aircraft bomb German positions on the West bank of the Rhein (Rhine) River. The German troopers seize high ground West of the Rhein. German troops are seen firing recoilless anti-tank weapons in a field, Views of knocked out British and American tanks. Abandoned German Jagdpanzer IV faces a U.S. Tank Destroyer. German troops are seen advancing into town North of Strasbourg (Herrlisheim, Drusenheim,Offendorf ?). Scenes of destruction in town. Words: "Haus Bewohnt Civil" scrawled on homes to identify them as civilian occupied.
United States 7th Army in Alsace, France during World War II. U.S. 36th Division, 141st Regiment soldiers march on both sides of a dirt road. Soldiers march in single file along a narrow forest road as traffic passes in the opposite direction. Soldiers gathered around a damaged German 128 mm Jagdtiger tank destroyer of s.Pz.Jg.Abt. 653 in Soultz-sous-Fôret. Tanks and soldiers halted in a town due to a blown up bridge. Soldiers walk over a steel bridge across Seltzbach river. French civilians help in building the bridge. Quarter ton trucks cross a completed bridge.
The United States Army on the Alsace Front in France during World War II. Soldiers of the 7th U.S. Army aboard tanks cross over a bridge. The bridge is exploded after the tanks cross. U.S. Engineer Battalion places TNT ( trinitrotoluene) explosives in a captured blockhouse. The blockhouse is exploded. 79th Infantry Division troops move on roads along with tanks. Guns mounted on the tanks are fired. The troops run to take cover. The troops and the tanks cross a bridge. Soldiers fire from a bombed building. Soldiers carrying ammunition run along bombed buildings.
United States 7th Army in Alsace, France during World War 2. U.S. 36th Division, 143rd Infantry, 3rd Battalion soldiers march a small group of prisoners cross an open field. Soldiers search the prisoners. They make the prisoners move across the field. M-4 tanks loaded with troops move past damaged buildings in town of Surbourg. Vehicles parked along the street. Vehicles of the 14th Armored Division move through a shelled town. Clouds of dust rise upwards. Bomb damaged buildings in the background. Rubble spread on the ground.
German prisoners of war in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, France after World War II. A vehicle outside a building on a street in Strasbourg. American and German officers coming out of the building and boarding the vehicle. The officers holding baggages in their hands. The officers getting down from the vehicle. German Commander of Strasbourg Major General Vatterrodt talking to Major McIntire and Captain R. H. Huret. A building in the background. Several German prisoners of war along the side of the road in front of a building. German officers beside a U.S. Army truck. The German prisoners of war getting into the U.S. Army truck. More German prisoners of war lined up to get into trucks to be taken to prisoner of war camps.