Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
In 1943, Higgins boats from the USS Callaway (APA-35) practice maneuvering in a circle, in waters off San Diego, California. A Stuart light tank being lowered from the ship onto Higgins boat number PA35-1. View of two marines riding on top of the tank as the boat proceeds toward shore. Higgins boat (PA26-23) from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) churns the waters during training activities in waters off Algeria, North Africa. Boat No. 23 flies a striped flag of maroon and gold, which seems to identify it as a supervisory boat. Other landing craft, including Boat PA26-11, execute training maneuvers.
'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.
Strategic bombing attack 'Shuttle Mission' by B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces on August 17, 1943 over Germany during World War II. A formation of B-17Fs over Germany. Vapor trails left by the airplanes. Aerial view of a German city. Smoking targets. B-17Fs over the Alps. A B-17 aircraft with a damaged tail flies over Regensburg, Germany. A B-17 aircraft with a damaged nose. Aerial view of African coastline. Mountainous terrain of Algiers, Algeria. Aerial view of barracks in Algiers. B-17Fs land on a field.
Lieutenant General Mark Clark of U.S. Army, British General Kenneth Anderson, British Admiral Andrew Cunningham, and French Admiral Jean Darlan review United States troops at Algiers in Algeria. U.S. troops salute passingt the high ranking officers. Robert Murphy, United States Minister to North Africa, conversing with U.S. soldiers. U.S. troops aboard a Landing Craft Tank (LCT). Guns mounted on the LCT. Buoy in the harbor and city of Algiers in the background. Distant vessels stand in the harbor. U.S. soldiers aboard an LCT. Black belts (light preservers) around soldiers' waists . Distant convoy of Allied ships escorted by British destroyers head to Bone, Algeria. A view of harbor at Bone. U.S. General Lee Tanks (M3) are unloaded from LCT at the shore. Men unload cargo of ammunition from a Britsh supply ship. Men handle ammunition crates at a supply depot.
American convoy of General Grant tanks,half-tracks and jeeps rolls through Algeria near the Tunisian border. Protective distance is maintained between the vehicles. The convoy passes through a French road barricade and leaves Algeria crossing the Tunisian Frontier.