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Allied soldiers prepare for D-Day invasion, and then land in France during World War II.

Allied campaign against the Axis in 1944 during World War II. Tanks, artillery and supplies piled up in England for invasion of Europe. Allied soldiers from various Allied nations like Britain, America, New Zealand and South Africa gathered at docks. The soldiers loaded onto transport ships. Soldiers get into landing crafts. Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force General Dwight D. Eisenhower at a map in Headquarters as he plans the invasion of France. The Allied invasion fleet underway in the English Channel to invade France. A map shows the location of Caen, France. Allied aircraft in flight and view at aircraft door as line of paratroopers jump. Massive group of parachutes in the sky as paratroopers descend. Explosions occur at a coast. Landing crafts beached and soldiers come ashore amidst heavy firing. Rockets and artillery being fired. Vehicles on the beach. A truck burns. A map depicts the area under Nazi occupation before World War II and the recapture of those areas by Allied armies in 1944.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allied troops liberate Rome, Italy and receive a warm welcome from Italian civilians during World War II.

A film titled 'Liberation of Rome' shows the arrival of Allied troops in Rome, Italy and the end of Fascist rule during World War II. On June 4, 1944: Allied soldiers on the streets of Rome as people celebrate their liberation. Soldiers loaded on M4 Sherman tanks move past large crowds. The American flag. A Scots pipe band plays as they march through the throng. Allied soldiers move past the Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel Memorial and the Piazza Venezia. People gathered in large numbers on the streets to celebrate the liberation of Rome. A sign reads ' War staff room Combined chiefs of staff '. Past events depict Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. at a meeting as they discuss the plan to liberate Italy from Fascist control. Animated map depicts Allied operations in North Africa and the invasion of Sicily. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini reviews troops. Nazi aircraft take off from an airfield in Italy. German StuG III Assault Guns and Pz.III & Pz.IV tanks being transported on railroad flatcars.

Date: 1944, June 4
Duration: 2 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American Undersecretary of War speaks to difficulties facing Allies in confronting Germany and Japan in World War II

Undersecretary of War, Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. speaks about a report from the General staff outlining the needs for combating Germany and Japan in World War 2. He cites Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, as an example of what will be needed. He continues to narrate in the background as an animated map appears showing the buildup of supplies and Allied forces in North Africa; Allied air forces flying 60 thousand sorties over Sicily and, the direct amphibious assault using 3,200 vessels. Map also depicts opposing forces of 12 (“unwilling”) Italian Divisions and 3-1/2 German Divisions. View of Allied troops carrying some of their 31 thousand casualties on stretchers from field ambulances. Allied medics attending to the wounded. Some are seen lying on stretchers in a row on the ground near a wall. Interior of a field hospital where surgeons and other medical personnel treat the wounded. Animated map shifts to Europe with Germany at its center, showing , in contrast to Sicily that was only an “outpost,”, the heavily fortified perimeter of Axis controlled areas; the axis industrial might; and the disposition of 300 German Divisions (mostly on the Eastern front) defending the region. Next, the map illustrates Japan’s defended regions in the Pacific Image returns to Undersecretary Patterson i n his office, speaking of the Allied offensives planned for next year (1944), and emphasizing their challenge and difficulty. Scene shifts to General Jonathan Wainwright and his garrison at Corregidor, in the Philippines, surrendering to Japanese forces in 1941. Japanese military camera pans over the Americans being taken prisoner. Other Americans and Filipinos are seen being marched together under guard. Scene shifts to classic views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. View of Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese civilians in 1937. Dangling bodies of persons hung by Nazis during Operation Barbarossa in Russia, in 1941 A Russian soldier comforts a little girl as he escorts her across a snowy landscape. Time bomb left by German forces retreating from Naples, Italy, in 1943, blows up a Post office building . Views of damage to building and bodies of victims. American Military Police assisting a victim. American soldiers carrying an injured civilian on a litter. Scene shifts to British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, entering a hall in the Spiridonovka Palace, during the 1943 Moscow Conference in Russia. Close-up of the American, Soviet, and British flags on a table. View of many delegates seated around the table. Close-up of Molotov, Eden, and Hull signing conference document.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
United Nations Conference on International Organization held in San Francisco, California.

A documentary on The United Nations Conference on International Organization that continued from April 25, 1945 to June 26, 1945 in San Francisco. A plane in flight and ships are seen in San Francisco Bay. Aerial views of Golden Gate Bridge. People on streets on San Francisco, with streetcars, buildings, pedestrians, and mid 1940's cars vseen. Aircraft parked at a USAF Base as delegates from 50 countries arrive. Delegates like Jan Christian Smuts from South Africa, Vyacheslav Molotov from Russia, U.S. secretary of State Edward Stettinius arrive in San Francisco. Delegates register for the conference. United States flag on a building. Interior of the War Memorial Opera House serving as the initial meeting hall. Delegates seated. U.S. President Harry S. Truman addressing the general assembly remotely, as delegates listen through radio speakers in the opera house. Narrator recalls words of Franklin Roosevelt and recorded audio of Roosevelt is heard where he urges continuation of the work first begun by the defunct League of Nations. View of various working committees and smaller groups of the organization meeting during the Spring of 1945. Representatives debate and review concepts initiated at the Dumbarton Oaks conference in Washington DC in 1944. Delegates addressing those assembled and signing documents that create the United Nations.

Date: 1945
Duration: 7 min 10 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Jan Christian Smuts of the Union of South Africa in Tunis, North Africa.

Tunis, North Africa. Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts, General Sir Harold Alexander and General Dwight D Eisenhower step down from the stairs of Eisenhower Villa Headquarter. Three of them standing in their army uniform engaged in a discussion.

Date: 1944
Duration: 51 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Churchill, Brooke, and Smuts on ship in North Africa

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stands with a Naval Officer and Sir Allan Brooke, Chief of the British Imperial General Staff, aboard a British warship enroute to North Africa. Churchill and Brooke don life vests and relax on deck. General Brooke, Prime Minister Churchill and British Field Marshal Jan Smuts stand on deck in their life vests. Churchill descending a ladder on the ship.Churchill, Brooke, and Smuts, aboard a launch entering harbor in North Africa. Scenes of congested pier at the port. Jeeps and troops crowd about to see the Prime Minister and members of Imperial General Staff, as they slice through the crowd to meet up with General Bernard Law Montomery. Winston Churchill, smoking a cigar, walks and converses with General Montgomery. View of Prime Minister Churchill, cigar in mouth, deftly stepping across from one ship to another. Crew of the first ship cheers him and he doffs his hat.and gives V for victory sign.

Date: 1944, June
Duration: 1 min 21 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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