Allied military forces in Spittal Austria at conclusion of World War II. United States Army 80th Division tanks and ¼ ton trucks parked on a mountain road. Relaxed Allied soldiers on roofs, roads and bridges. German prisoners assemble in a ground where they are searched by the soldiers. Smiling prisoners march behind a horse drawn vehicle along a mountain road.
On the life of U.S. General George S Patton Junior (with narration by Ronald Reagan). Fight at the Siegfried Line during World War 2. U.S. 3rd Army cross the Siegfried Line. General Patton with his officers. Patton's troops cross the Rhine. American soldiers in the streets of Germany. Patton presents the Medal of Honor to a soldier. Patton sees dead people at a concentration camp in Germany. Patton's army moves towards Denube Valley. Civilians in the streets. Patton with officers. Written on a wall 'Hitler is kaput'. Trucks loaded with soldiers. A gun thrown on a pile of guns on the ground. Patton in a barge. A welcome ceremony for General Patton on his return to US: A parade along Broadway in Los Angeles on June 9, 1945, as over 1 million citizens welcome General Patton home and cheer. Shops and offices on Broadway in Los Angeles. Patton waves at the people from an open jeep. Patton and General Doolittle in Los Angeles. General Doolittle makes a speech at a ceremony and introduces General Patton. Patton addresses the gathering and talks about the war and the accomplishments of the Third Army. He notes that from aerial view, Germany and Austria "look like hell from the top." And "that's what any place that the 8th Air Force and the Third Army worked on looks like." Also Patton says, "You must remember this. That from Brest, to various towns in southern Germany and Austria whose names I can't pronounce, but whose places I have removed," (laughter in crowd), "the trail of the Third Army and the 19th Tactical Air Command and the 8th Air Force is marked by more than forty thousand white crosses; forty thousand dead Americans." View of a military cemetery graveyard. General Patton lays flowers at the grave of one of his soldiers. Patton watches a race at Soldiers Field Academy. He shakes hands with the winners. Soldiers carry Patton's coffin wrapped in American flag. Patton's grave with flowers on it. Two soldiers stand beside it. Patton's statue at the West Point Military Academy.
Opening scene shows local citizens as they stand in the main square (Hauptplatz) of Linz, Austria, watching surrendered German troops depart at the end of world War 2. The troops climb over barriers at the base of the Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitssäule) and march in loose formation out of the city. A group of American troops watch from atop an M10 tank destroyer. View through a building archway as the German soldiers march past. The long column continues along a road looking down on the Danube River. Another view shows two U.S. soldiers with slinged rifles strolling at the head of the column. The departing German soldiers are all disarmed and carry their personal kit and gear. A group of German officers pass the camera, and one takes particular notice of the filming. A Sherman tank passes going in the opposite direction. A civilian man, carrying a brief case walks past the departing troops. (Note: Today, the Trinity Column looks different than in this film. In 1943 all removable statues and parts were taken from the column and safely stored in central cellars on Kapuzinerstrasse. They were recovered in 1945 and restored to the column, along with other changes, that were completed in December, 1947.)
Audio only. Nazi war leaders on trial in Nuremberg Germany. Coverage on how the charges will be grouped. The speaker focuses on three major issues: international situations and aspirations for expansion of Germany between 1943-1945; conquering of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and improvement of military and political positions.
Germany surrenders in Austria at the end of World War II in Europe. German officials arrive for surrender. German General and Commander of 19th German Army Erich Brandenberger signs capitulation in an Austrian city. U.S. Army General Edward H. Brooks receives German surrender in Austria. German Naval Commander Admiral Karl Donitz is captured. British sailors board captured German U-boats at Antwerp, Belgium. German prisoners aboard a U-boat.
Internees at a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Kurt Gatner, a former Chief of Prime Minister Schuschingg's body guard from Vienna, Austria. He says that he was arrested in 1938 soon after the occupation of Austria by Germans. He states how he was badly treated at various concentration camps. He talks about the harsh punishments being given at these camps. He thanks the American and other Allied forces for liberating him and many others from the camp. Other internees in the background.