A railroad yard demolished by retreating German forces, in Vallon, France, during World War II. U.S.Army Combat Engineers are machine-gunned as they attempt to build a bridge across the Rhone River, in Lyon, France. They return fire as civilians seek cover. Allied soldiers in trucks enter the city as huge croweds welcome them. U.S. troops riding in M4 Sherman tanks. Knocked out German tanks and 88mm guns mounted on half tracks. Captured German Panther tank of 11.Pz.Div in Meximieux, abandoned Pz.III and Hummel 150mm SP Howitzer. General Patch's Army and the United States 3rd Army troops enter the city of Bourg. Thank You banners are displayed at two windows.
Landings of Allied troops for the invasion of Southern France during World War II. A barrage balloon floats in the air. Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) and Landing Craft Tanks (LCT) head towards a beach.
Landings of Allied troops for the invasion of Southern France during World War II. Views of a shore. Ships and landing crafts on a beach. An explosion in water. Two soldier standing and ships in the foreground. A Landing Ship Tank (LST) and Landing Craft Tanks (LCTs) approach the beach. Sherman tanks enter water and drive to the beach. An LCT approaches. An LST in the background. The LST alongside a pontoon dock. A DUKW passes in the foreground.
From a 1952 US Army television program titled The Big Picture. US troops in a fox hole in Korea. A US tank carrying many GIs in Germany.US ski troops in Alaska. Amphibious training on beach in Puerto Rico. United States Army Sergeant James Mansfield introduces the story of United States Seventh Army in the Allied Invasion of Southern France, "Operation Dragoon." Army Colonel William Wilson Quinn seated in office, with army rifle on his desk. He refers to the "Blue Badge" which is the Army infantryman's badge. Then he introduces the story of the Seventh United States Army: On 14 August 1944 Bay of Naples is seen as an open air Marshalling area. Barrage balloons float above the area. Large landing ships sit at dock with their front loading doors open. 3rd,45th and 36th division combined into 7th United States Army. Mechanized war equipment being loaded and checked off the loading chart. 7th army soldiers march through streets. Red Cross workers distribute donuts. Soldiers board ships. Ships leave harbor to join convoy. Ships docked at the West Coast of Corsica. Officers meet for conference aboard ship. Men attend last minute details. Some pray. Animated map depicts the route of the advancement by the troops. Port Cros and Levant : French commandos landed on these islands. US B-25 bombers in flight drop bombs. Fighting ships take their positions. Navigators, gunners and signal men alert. Soldiers prepare for fight. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft fly in formation. A B-24 bomber over mountains. B-25s in flight.509th Parachute Infantry Battalion being inspected at airport. Paratroopers get into aircraft. Aircraft taxis and takes off. United States Army Air Force C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster military transport aircraft in flight toward Southern France. Paratroopers descend to ground and advance. Gliders land. Soldiers unload and ready artillery. Aerial view of rugged terrain. Ships underway at sea. Officers look through binoculars aboard ship.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II on 15 and 16 August 1944. Invasion begins. Warships fire heavy naval guns and barrages of rockets. Landing craft carrying men and equipment, race toward the beach. Troops descend on nets from transport vessels. Boats being lowered at sea. Allied aircraft in flight drop bombs. Destroyer and PT boats escort some landing craft . American and French troops encounter no German resistance, except some rear guard sniping, as they advance on shore. 100 foot floating causeways are dropped into the water. Men and supplies landed. Mine detectors clear the roads. German prisoners were herded on beach for removal to ships. Animated map depicts the advancement in the Operation in its first 48 hours.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in World War II, 19 August 1944. Wounded soldiers are evacuated to floating ambulances. Enemy troops fire artillery to block Allied advance. Several explosions. Aircraft in flight drop bombs. Tanks advance. Map of Marseilles and Toulon. Wounded soldiers are given first aid and blood transmit. Prisoners evacuated from combat zone. United States Army General Alexander M Patch and French General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny decorate soldiers.
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