Activities of American First Army in its invasion of Germany during World War 2. Animated map shows 1st Army moves into the direction of Cologne plain east of the Hurtgen Forest for invasion into Germany. 1st Infantry and 3rd Armored Division move to Mausbach and 104th Division move to Stolberg on November, 16. Two barrage balloons manned by the British on outskirts of Aachen are seen rising up from the ground to be floated eastward marking the line of the German enemy positions. Aerial view of Allied bomber aircraft, both American and British, dropping fragmentary and incendiary bombs on Duren. Reconnaissance group of the 104th Division readies for drive through Stolberg. They are seen removing camouflage from vehicles, and watching the skies for completion of the Allied aerial bombardment of the forward target. 104th Division recon group seen holding a briefing and studying map. U.S. Army infantry advance through a forest area, while assault guns of the 3rd Armored Division cover their movement. Result of German counter fire: Casualties are evacuated from a demolished Allied batallion command post near Stolberg. Wounded American soldiers carried on stretchers and the town's civilians receive first aid.
Activities of American First Army during offensive into Germany in World War 2. U.S. Army Air Force 9th Air Force planes strafe German positions near the town of Stolberg, then U.S. Army troops attack with machine guns (view from machine gun being fired at houses), heavy guns like the self-propelled 155 mm Gun Motor Carriage M12; and massed American 3rd Armored Division tanks acting as artillery in attacking Stolberg. Civilian refugees seen removing their belongings out of the battered city. An American soldier guards a German POW who assists a civilian in moving a loaded cart down a street. View of collapsed building and wreckage after the attack as Stolberg is cleared by forces of the U.S. Army 104th Division, facing booby traps and mines. U.S. forces blast structures that could not be safely cleared. After two weeks of attack, the American flag raised in the city. The 104th Division enters Eschweiler and smaller villages; mined buildings are detonated as tanks move through the towns. Mop up operations last two days as German snipers are cleared. Captured German prisoners are led through the town under U.S. Army guard. U.S. Infantry troops ride on tanks on streets of city. Soldiers carrying bedding walk on street on way to a dry night's sleep. Roadblocks are cleared by U.S. Engineer battalions, including an overhead bridge blown-up by retreating Germans. Units of the 104th Infantry and 3rd Armored division continue eastward and are seen fighting German forces in Weisweiler.
Activities of American first Army in Germany, advancing eastward in late 1944 during World War 2. Animated map shows: 4th and 8th infantry division move out from Stolberg and enter into Hurtgen Forest . U.S. 4th Infantry attack with field guns and artillery. Field gun amidst pile of shells fires toward Hurtgen Forest. 4th Infantry Division troops crawl up a hill in the Hurtgen Forest, sometimes pinned down under enemy German fire. Armor comes to their aid and casualties are treated by medical corps personnel. U.S. Army tanks arrive to support the infantry and they continue forward, where footage shows U.S. mortars and artillery bombing Grosshau, and point of view shot of a U.S. Army machine gun firing at a target in the town of Grosshau. Animated map shows: 5th and 8th Inf. Divisions enter into Kleinhau. Kleinhau is bombarded by a heavy volley of U.S. Army rockets and artillery from units of the 5th and 8th Infantry Divisions. Allied fighter bombers in flight over the area. Artillery is loaded and fired at close-range on target of Kleinhau which was then captured. U.S. Army Soldiers around the ruined buildings of Hurtgen, eating and drinking during a break. Infantry division move towards another towns. U.S. Army soldiers take a moment to relax during the long drive eastward. U.S. soldiers fire mortars from positions along the west bank of the Ruhr.
U.S. soldiers battle German troops in Stolberg, Germany during World War II. German 88mm shells burst near front line positions. U.S. Army Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt fighters dive on enemy positions. Smoke rises from shells bursts. U.S. soldier with walkie-talkie in damaged building. A U.S. soldier carrying wounded soldier along street. Soldier fires a light machine gun from window of a building.
Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"
U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division are seen silhoutted against sky as they board C-47 transport aircraft in Operation Market Garden mission to Grave and Nijmegen, Holland, in September, 1944, during World War 2. C-47 starts engines. C-47s take off towing gliders. Change of subject to Allied operations crossing the Rhine River into Germany in 1945. U.S. Army troops in a long boat powered by an outboard motor. U.S. troops board U.S. Navy amphibious assault boats on shore of the Rhine (Rhein) River. View from above of assault boats undergoing fire from German defenders during the crossing. U.S. troops moving quickly out of the assault boats on German soil. Scene shifts to airborne operations. View in cockpit of U.S. transport aircraft carrying U.S. paratroopers of the 17th Airborne Division, on joint British-American Operation Varsity, to drop paratroopers on the German side of the Rhine River. A C-46 transport aircraft, in flight, bearing Tail Code "H.". View from cargo compartment as 17th Airborne Division paratroopers exit very efficiently, by jumping from both doors of the C-46. Sky filled with parachutes. Scene shifts to ground operations. U.S. Army troops stand shoulder to shoulder on a section of pontoon bridge, as it is pushed across a river by Army engineers in two small power boats. U.S. tanks and vehicles crossing pontoon bridges. Supreme Allied Commander, Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, stands with Lieutenant General William Hood Simpson, commander of the U.S. Ninth Army, as they observe Allied operations. American soldiers taking German prisoners of war. German POWs being escorted under guard and large numbers of them in an open field under U.S. guard.