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U.S. soldiers at Berchtesgaden; marching in Munich; boarding trains with locals to go home

Film | Accession Number: 2010.481.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1314 | Film ID: 2919

Driving in the countryside around Munich (1945), now in the area around Berchtesgaden. Beautiful shot of the Alps mountains while driving over a river. Soldiers stop alongside the road and enjoy a moment in the sun. A convoy pulls up to the wreckage of Hitler's headquarters at Berchtesgaden. The camera looks down from the mountainside onto a large group of military vehicles gathered in the valley below. Mountain scenes taken from the Eagle's nest.

01:31:03 Soldiers hike in the mountains, then have a picnic on the hood of a jeep (1945). Views of the Isaar River in Munich. CU, archway with insignia and text. Soldiers (with the A Battery) are gathered in formation in city square, then march through city. Civilians walk about. Soldiers exit a church. CUs of a GI walking towards the camera. View of a large cathedral.

01:35:05 Soldiers heat a meal over a fire, using railroad tracks as a grill. GIs wait about at the train station, mingling with the locals/displaced persons, who appear to be packing up and heading out as well. Interior of train with GIs toasting. Loading the boxcars with civilian belongings (sign on a building behind the train reads "Mainz") and locals. The American soldiers march off to mess.

Event:  1945
Munich, Germany
Berchtesgaden, Germany
Mainz, Germany
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Frank Kenison
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:02:25
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