This second in a trilogy of films crafted by the British Ministry of Information (others reviewed separately) to celebrate the winning of WWII concentrates on the push from the liberation of Paris to the final arrival at the Rhine, with the fall of Berlin imminent. From our 60 year vantage point, a lot of people have forgotten that once D-Day was accomplished, it was no cakewalk to advance slowly but surely toward Germany in order to secure an ultimate victory. In fact, we almost failed. More than once.
The biggest hangup in the beginning was a decent supply route, and chief amongst those supplies was fuel. This vintage documentary aptly points up the drama of an advancing army brought to a screeching (or perhaps sputtering) halt by the lack of petrol. Miles of sub-ocean piping was laid to supply the continent with fuel pumped directly from England. One crisis averted, but at the cost of renewed German strength.
Though the outcome of the conflict is a foregone conclusion, this second installment actually has a bit of drama going for it, including some missteps by Eisenhower, as well as the unintentionally (at the time, anyway) foreboding presence of the encroaching Red armies from the East, seen in history's hindsight as setting us up for another war of a chillier variety.