3rd Division fires rocket barrages and First United States Army Infantry advances through German towns east of Inde River
Germany Date:1944, November Duration:4 min 54 sec Sound:Yes
Activities of First United States Army pressing eastward in Germany during World War 2. U.S. engineers and soldiers build a bridge over the Inde River since all nearby crossings had been destroyed by retreating German forces. Army vehicles cross the completed bridge. Soldiers bring heavy artillery and adjust it. View changes to Mausbach area to the South, where rockets are launched by 3rd Armored Division toward the river. Line of 75 U.S. Army rockets seen being loaded by U.S. soldiers and then fired together. Bright flashes and smoke as rockets are fired. Tanks of the 3rd Division moving out from the town. A U.S. vehicle in the advancing column toward Gressenich is hit by German guns. U.S. Army tanks, lined up like artillery, fire on German forces at Gressenich. Continuous line of 3rd Armored Division tanks, armored vehicles, and 6x6 vehicles come to the front and advance on roads of cities and villages moving eastward, and supporting the U.S. First Army Infantry. 1st Army infantry move through Hurtgen forest near Aachen. Ruined German factory is used as an observtion base by U.S. forces to coordinate attack on Gressenich, which was captured on November 19, 1944. 3rd Armored Division tanks move into open fields to continue offensive toward Werth, with U.S. infantry soldiers staying close to tanks for cover. Soldiers carry the wounded U.S. tank commander after German counter fire hits lead U.S. tank in the column. The wounded soldier is dragged to safety. Men of U.S. Army 1st Division Infantry enter town of Werth under German mortar fire and move from house to house clearing enemy snipers and mopping up in the ruins. U.S. Army soldiers guard a column of German prisoners (POW) who surrendered in Werth. View of ruined and destroyed buildings in German towns like Hamich after defeat. U.S. Army soldiers move through the town on foot with a small church in the background. U.S. Army trucks arrive in a rubbled village with food and ammunition for the offensive drive toward the Ruhr.
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