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US military victory over Germany

Film | RG Number: RG-60.3348 | Film ID: 2543

Newsreel footage surrounding the events involving the US and Allied defeat of Germany in WWII.
Intertitles read as follows:
US troops battle toward Rhine in mighty final offensive!
Cologne, Germany's fourth city, falls to US First Army!
Americans capture vital Remagen Bridge in amazing surprise maneuver.
US Engineers bridge Rhine with pontoons!
Allied air might shatters vital remains of Nazi communications!
British and Canadian forces cross Rhine to capture Ruhr!
Vast airborne force lands to widen beachhead!
New rocket weapons destroy remaining fortifications to speed progress of Allied Armies.
- Katyusha rockets fired in large numbers by Soviets
Thousands of Allied soldiers are freed!
Generals Eisenhower and Patton look upon unbelievable Nazi atrocities!
- Ohrdruf, good closeups.
Hands across the Elbe...Yanks and Russians meet!
The Yanks capture Nuremberg, center of Nazism!
- Troops through devastated streets and ruins.
Hitler, the arch criminal, in his glory!
Now the Yanks and Old Glory!
On all fronts the Allies sweep toward the heart of Germany!
Berlin falls! Moscow rejoices!
In Milan, Mussolini and his Fascist henchmen are executed by Italian partisans!
- Bodies of Mussolini, his mistress, and others on the street, surrounded by crowds.
May 2, 1945: Million German troops in Northern Italy capitulate to Lt. Gen. W.D. Morgan.
May 4, 1945: South of Hamburg, Field Marshall Montgomery accepts unconditional surrender of enemy armies in the North.
May 7, 1945; GERMANY SURRENDERS!
Nazi Col. Gen Jodl signs unconditional surrender to U.S. Lt. Gen. W.B. Smith representing Allied Supreme Command!
General Eisenhower, elated over hard-earned victory, accepts pens that sealed Germany's doom!
Freedom-loving millions everywhere hail VICTORY OVER GERMANY!
THE END

This story is a compilation of footage from various sources, shot in various locations at various times throughout the war. It begins with footage of the advance of the allied armies, mainly the American forces, various shots of destruction, rubble, Berlin, buildings burning, bombed out, US military tanks rolling through streets of town. Footage of Eisenhower and Patton visiting concentration camps after liberation, corpses, atrocities, prisoners in uniform. Footage of Mussolini and his henchmen's corpses lying on the plaza in Milan, Italy, after being shot to death by Italian partisans. Russian and American soldiers meeting, sharing food and drink. Shots of Moscow, AV of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Jodl, seated with several other high ranking Nazi officers and Allied officers, signing surrender. Scenes of victory parades/celebrations in Moscow and New York.

Film Collection Title
Harry N. Bromberg Collection
Duration
00:09:55
Event Date
1945
Locale
Berlin, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Elbe River, Germany
Ruhr Valley, Germany
Milan, Italy
Moscow, Soviet Union
London, England
New York, NY, United States
Ohrdruf, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Language
English
Genre/Form
Newsreels.
Credit
US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Harry N. Bromberg
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Record last modified: 2018-11-27 11:00:58
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