U.S. Army personnel in Strasburg seize German scientific records and personnel as a part of Alsos mission in World War 2. Two Sixth United States Army officer talk and jeeps parked in Strasburg. Man open gates and Captain Augustine leaves in jeep. Sixth Army men stand near jeeps parked.
U.S. Third Army soldiers advance in France nearing border with Germany during World War II. A map locates positions of Allied troops advancing towards Metz and toward Strasburg Germany. World War 2 United States Army soldiers of the 5th Infantry surround and bombard the French city of Metz. American soldiers surround Metz. They fire artillery on the battlefield. Smoke rises from the firing and bombardment and Metz cathedral is seen in the background. Camouflaged artillery fire against German positions. The American soldiers of the 5th Infantry advancing through sniper fire and engaged in building clearing operations in Metz. Bomb damaged buildings of Metz along the sides of a street. The soldiers searching houses. A street sign for Hermann Goering Strasse in Metz. Captured and surrendering German prisoners marching towards a stockade or prison under U.S. Army guard. A rubbled area. Bomb damaged buildings and destruction in Metz after Allied forces take control of the city.
U.S. military personnel in Strasburg seize German scientific records as a part of Alsos mission. Aachen headquarters in Germany, toward end of World War 2. Military personnel stand outside headquarters. Military jeep parked outside a building in Cologne. Ruins of building are seen. Men leave jeep and enter a building. Lieutenant Ditesheim and a soldier walk out of the building carrying documents followed by scroungers. Army personnel get on jeep to leave for field headquarters in Aachen. Officer stands outside Aachen headquarters and officers go through documents.
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.
U.S. 9th Infantry Division troops use mine detectors in the Hurtgen Forest of Germany during World War 2. A soldier sweeps for mines on a snow covered road. He detects something and marks the spot with a warning. U.S. troops setting up camp in the forest. They use trenching tools to dig foxholes. Medics assist a wounded soldier through the forest. (WW 2; World War 2)