'The fighting first' about the role of United States 1st Infantry Division in various campaigns during World War II. A soldier of United States 1st Infantry Division. Combat boots of soldiers during the civil war and World War I. A map shows the 1st Infantry Division units moving across the Atlantic Ocean towards North Africa for Operation Torch in November, 1942. Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division go to England and loaded onto ships as they move to Africa. U.S. General Terry Allen aboard a ship. Infantrymen fire in Oran, Algeria. Aircraft in flight, explosions occur and a convoy of trucks on advance during the battle in Oran. 1st Infantry Division troops battle against Nazi General Rommel's armies in Tunisia, North Africa. In 1943, men of 1st Infantry Division load onto ships and arrive in Sicily. Troops advance into a town in Sicily after capturing it. Damaged houses in a city in Sicily.
French people gathered along North African coast of Oran Algeria following invasion of United States and British forces in World War 2 (Operation Torch). The French seen showing no resistance and even relief. Two U.S. troops show a message from President Franklin Roosevelt. American troops take over Oran, Algeria. American Army convoy moves through the streets of Oran. Vichy French prisoners sit in an open area having layed down their arms without struggle. Group of U.S. soldiers talks to French soldiers.
An Allied naval convoy underway in harbor under protection of barrage balloons in Algeria, North Africa. Allied troops disembark a troop's transport ship at a dock. Troops and equipment are unloaded at the dock and British and American forces take over Algeria with little resistance. Allied bombers take off from an airfield. Bombs dropped from a high Altitude. B-25 aircraft in formation bomb Nazi German General Rommel's Afrika Korps in Libya. British artillery guns fired and Eighth Army moves forward pursuing German enemy. Heavy smoke rises from shell hits. British infantry leave trench protection and run forward on battlefield to engage German enemy. Large explosion causes them all to drop to the ground while advancing. British tanks and infantrymen advance past wreckage and burning German aircraft and armor. British General Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery seen with his advancing forces. Italian Army prisoners surrender under British protection. In city of Algiers, captured German officers and members of German Armistice Commission taken away by U.S. soldiers and Italian and German visitors and members of Axis Spain Fifth Column are rounded up in the city for internment. U.S. troops march on city streets. French and Algerian natives cheer for the United States and British allied troops that have taken over. United States troops decorated by General Mark Clark. Scene changes to aerial view of Italy. Cloud cover over the city. Bombs dropped over Italian targets by British and American bomber aircraft. View of explosions on ground and smoke.
U.S.Paratroopers attack after a 1500 mile trip from the UK. The load aboard 44 C-47 troop transport aircraft in Algeria and take off. They are escorted by U.S. P-38 Lightning fighters. The C-47s swoop low over the target airfield and paratroopers jump. They secure the airport. The C-47s are seen parked back at their airfield in Algeria, having returned with no losses.
French and American officers saluting as they leave for Tunis from Oran in Algeria. Crowd watching. American troops presenting arms. French troops marching along railroad tracks. French troops passing through gate and climbing onto flat car loaded with equipment. American troops climbing onto flat car. French troops on flat car shaking hands with American troops standing alongside. American troops marching along tracks. French troops marching along railroad tracks while U.S. troops stand at attention. French and American officers saluting. American soldiers presenting arms. French and American officers. French officers and French civilians on other side of track watching ceremony.
Ship sunk in Oran harbor in Algeria. Sterns of transports. Transports at anchor. American troops disembarking. American troops forming upon parallel ground. General Eisenhower and General Giraud with other allied officers watching. American troops falling into line. Scene of a church. General Giraud and General Eisenhower placing wreath on soldier's grave honoring French and American dead. Grave with flowers.