'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.
Clip opens with brief World War I scene, circa 1917, of new American army recruits receiving army uniforms being issued by a U.S. Army Quartermaster. Clip then covers U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps' combat operations in various Theaters of Operations during World War II. Quartermaster Corps soldiers with rifles under the cover of a military truck during battle. Troops in trucks. An aircraft in low flight over a field. A U.S. Army truck. A Quartermaster fires an anti aircraft gun. Explosions occur and smoke rises. A British tank in a field. Soldiers beside a truck. Cans and barrels stacked on the ground. An enemy German tank in a field. Soldiers take cover. Quartermasters with guns in a trench. They come up the trench in prone positions. Dramatized battle scene with several Quartermaster corps casualties beside a wire fence. Soldiers prepare a mortar gun. An anti aircraft gun on an army truck. A soldier takes aim and fires a rifle during training. The Quartermaster flag hoisted on a pole. Actual footage shows aerial view of Bataan, and then ground views of groups of remaining U.S. Army soldiers around time of surrender of Bataan in April 1942. American soldier seen with their hands up and under guard of Japanese soldiers during Bataan surrender. Landing crafts arrive at a beach in North Africa. Supplies being offloaded at various battle fronts of World War 2. Soldiers and supplies off-loaded on the beach. Quartermasters seated on supplies boxes. Landing crafts arrive at a beach in the South West Pacific. Troops move across the beach. Troops disembark from landing crafts and move across a beach in Sicily, Italy. The Quartermasters unload boxes of supplies during various beach landings. They unload supplies and fire artillery on a beach head in Italy. Troops in trucks. A convoy of trucks loaded with supplies. Ammunition, ration and personnel in trucks move from Algeria to the Tunisian Front. Explosions occur and smoke rises. Trucks advance through smoke at night and in difficult conditions. Quartermaster General Major General E. B. Gregory speaks about the Quartermaster Corps. He says that the Quartermasters distribute goods to the army during training and combat. The movement of the Corps should be so regulated so as to deliver the goods at the right time in the right quantity.
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.