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.
U.S. 7th Army and French troops recapture French cities during World War 2. French troops parade in Metz. The troops march in formation through the city streets. U.S. Army Major General Walton H. Walker, who led the U.S. Army and the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in the capture of the city from the Germans. General Walker with other officers walks out of a building. French soldiers stand in a formation during a ceremony in which the city is to be returned to the French. In the official ceremony, General Walker returns the city to French Lieutenant-General Andre-Marie-François Dody, acting for his country.The crowd cheers. The Generals walk away. Scene shifts to Strasbourg, where Provost Marshal McIntyre, of the U.S. 7th Army, accepts the surrender of Two German Battalions (5 thousand troops) from their commanding General. The surrendered German soldiers are lined up in the street. German officers waiting to get into trucks. In another sequence, a sign on a street in Belfort reads 'N.463 Montbeliard'. French 1st Army troops on tanks advance through the streets in Belfort. A sign showing the direction to Belfort Castle. French troops fire at the castle in Belfort. Soldiers behind a wall and an M-3 Stuart tank and an anti-tank gun fire from behind the Theatre Granit building at the Belfort Castle. Explosions occur at places in the castle. An underground tunnel of the Belfort Castle is inspected by a French General. Several officers walking with the General. The French flag hoisted on the castle. U.S.Major General Walker proceeding with officers over a bridge. The officers on a path on a hill. Aerial view of buildings.