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German POWs; liberated French soldiers; DPs on the road; German civilians loot a warehouse.

Film | Accession Number: 2005.486.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4382 | Film ID: 2800

A slate reads: "April 5, Wolfhagen, V-Corps." Long shot of a fenced enclosure containing German POWs. Closer shots of the prisoners. Two of them wear bandages on their heads. One seated prisoner attempts to hide his face from the camera. 01:01:43 An American soldier sits on a tank. American military vehicles travel down a road. A new slate reads: "April 8, 1945, 9 Armored cross Wasser River" [probably the Werra River near Günterode as Wasser means "water" in German]. Tanks cross the river. American soldiers wave from the back of a tank. A makeshift slate announces that the date is now April 9 and the location is "Gunterode.' [Guenterode]. American vehicles raise dust as they drive through the town. Long shots of a bridge as explosives are set off. American soldiers drive by burning tanks. 01:06:42 An American soldier roughly frisks a German soldier beside train tracks, as other Americans look on. Two soldiers interrogate the German. Several shots of the German with his hadns on his head being guarded by an American. American artillery spotters, two of whom are in a haystack, look through binoculars. The next slate indicates that the date is April 24. German prisoners (and perhaps civilians?) cross a partially destroyed bridge. Rear shot of German prisoners walking along a road. Liberated soldiers (French? British? Several of the men appear to be wearing Indian-style turbans) walking along a road. Liberated French prisoners march through a town, waving at the camera. Some of them carry black suitcases and wave flags. German prisoners wade across a river then march down a road. Several Jeeps full of liberated French soldiers pass by the German column. Closer shots of the Germans marching past the camera. DP's on a road, travelling by horse-drawn cart. 01:14:12 Americans look through the belongings of German prisoners. Good shots of Geman POWs opening suitcases and emptying pockets. More overhead shots of liberated French prisoners marching through a town. 01:15:29 German civilians loot a warehouse. Women remove sacks (grain?) from a wooden building. Crowds of people around the outside of the building.

Event:  1945 April 05
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:50:37
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