'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.
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.
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.
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.
Parade by French Foreign Legion bands in a review in honor of the American army at Sidibel Abbes in Algeria,North Africa. French guards dressed in traditional uniform of legionnaire at attention. Parade by the Arbar Cavalry(Sphais). French Foreign Legion troops armed with rifles march in columns. High ranking officers review the parade.
P-38, of the U.S.Army Air Forces 14th Fighter Group, raises dust as it taxis close to the camera on Telergma airfield in Algeria, North Africa. Several 3-plane flights of P-38s take off, join up in formations, and fly overhead. A series of views, from inside a P-38, of others in formation as they fly over North African territory en route on bombing mission to Sicily, Italy, during World War 2.