Allied Winter campaign prior to entering German heartland, during World War II
France Date:1944, December Duration:3 min 12 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. troops arriving in Army trucks, one company at a time, for 24 hours rest on the West band of the Moselle River, after combat on the East bank, during World War 2. The soldiers receive a hot meal, a hot shower and shave,issue of clean clothing, and get to attend a movie.(Poster advertises the film Bathing Beauty, starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton.) The next morning, troops board trucks to return to the front line again. Scene changes to U.S. troops in snow, as winter arrives. Squadron of British Spitfire aircraft seen on snow-covered field as airmen refuel them from hand-carried gas cans. An American Army woman nurse clears snow from military vehicle in Paris. General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Commander of French Army B, consulting with Major General Wade Haislip, Commander of the U.S. XV Corps, during Winter campaign in Vosges Mountains. French forces firing a mortar. British forces entrenched and machine gunner trying to keep warm. Uniformed British women volunteers trying to keep warm in their office bunker. Allied infantry entrenched and moving across a field. American soldiers in the Ardennes forest suddenly find themselves under attack by German artillery and tanks (Battle of the Bulge). Shells exploding near camera position. Camera shakes. Soldiers taking cover and a jeep driving by as an explosion rocks the area immediately behind it in the trees of the forest.
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