Opening scene shows Belgian rescue workers searching for survivors of a German V-2 rocket strike in the city of Antwerp, Belgium, on 17 December, 1944, during World War 2. Some clergymen help steel-helmeted emergency workers carry a victim from the rubble, on a stretcher. Aerial view of the port of Antwerp showing its extensive facilities including rail lines. U.S. Army troops of the American 2nd Infantry Division withdrawing in trucks towards Elsenborn, Belgium, as the German offensive gains ground. Snow covers the ground. Piles of fuel cans and fires are seen at a fuel dump near Stavelot, Belgium, where soldiers of Company A, 526th Armored Infantry Battalion, are destroying the fuels to keep them out of the hands of German forces advancing on the town. U.S. Army engineers carry boxes of TNT inside German-built pillbox fortifications and and blow them up. An engineer notching a tree beside a road. Others insert explosives and string wire to detonate the charges and create road blocks. Engineers place land mines into holes in a road outside of Elsenborn.
German Atrocities in Stavelot, Belgium. Four coffins. View of dead Belgian women and children murdered by retreating Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. The Germans had thrown hand grenades into basements where the civilians had sought refuge. U.S. soldier looks at the dead bodies. Weeping women, young and old, stand in streets.
Civilians including men, women and children killed by Nazi soldiers in Stavelot, Belgium during World War II. Caskets with the dead bodies. Lumps of dead bodies at a place of shelter blown by Nazis (the civilians had taken refuge in basements and the Nazi soldiers had thrown grenades into the basements). Frozen dead bodies of women and small children. A woman weeps. Common grave for burial of all victims. Man brings stiffened dead body of a small child. A man checks names of the dead and priest says last prayers before burial.
Burial of victims killed when Germans tossed hand grenades into basements in Stavelot, Belgium where civilians were taking shelter. Murdered civilians in wooden coffins carried and placed in common grave. Bodies of women and children in grave. Military medical personnel notes down the counting of victim. Frozen corpses of men, women, and children are carried from building to the common grave. Priest conducts services at the grave.
Activities of military police and soldiers in Manhay, Belgium. Camouflaged half-track, motor carriages, M-4 tanks set up by 3rd armored division as roadblocks. 36th infantry regiment soldier concealed by tree near road. Military police and soldier with 45 caliber submachine gun directs traffic. Signs "Erezee", "Stavelot" and two other designations and their distances. Busy intersection in town of Manhay with directional signs.
United States soldiers advance on Stavelot, Belgium. United States Soldiers dig foxhole near German frontier. They make road blocks and place 90 mm guns. View of destroyed buildings, abandoned Tiger II tank of s.SS.Pz.Abt.101 and Stummel half-track and wreckage. Belgians hide in a building during battle.