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.
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.
The German invasion of France during World War II. The ancient German city of Strasbourg is in German hands. The Reich War Flag raised in the town. Views of the Strasbourg Cathedral. Civilians watch as German tanks advance on the city streets. The German invasion of Metz. Soldiers march through the city streets and past a bridge. German armored vehicles on streets beside Metz Cathedral, also called St. Stephen's Cathedral in Metz (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Metz). Civilians watch as Germans take over. German soldiers on horses and on foot. German soldiers holding several young French children and talking to them.
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.
Men of the 7th Army fight German troops near Strasbourg in France. Diagrammatic presentation of the areas of conflict. Soldiers talk to civilians. Tanks on the field. Soldiers fire. Buildings and houses. Soldiers walk. Other soldiers on tanks and military vehicles. Wreckage in the area due to the firing and bombarding. Soldiers help the civilians and take them to safe places. Medical troops carry the wounded on stretcher.
French and 3rd Army troops enter Strasbourg. They advance in the Metz area. The 9th army advances through German villages. Soldiers walk on the battlefield. Dead body of a soldier lay on the ground. Prisoners walk along with the soldiers. Civilians return to their homes after the battle. Men gather outside buildings discussing amongst themselves. Soldiers at a rail road station. Soldiers and civilians stand outside buildings. Soldiers fire. Medical aid stations at various places on the battlefield. Soldiers enter the aid station. A soldier dies due to the firing. Soldiers on tank. They march forward on the battlefield. Soldiers on jeep.