June 9, 1944. Sand flats seen at Normandy, France, at low tide. The World War 2 Allied invasion force has fought its way inland. Beached landing craft and destroyed buildings. German steel beach obstacles have been stacked out of the way. U.S. Sherman DD tank sunk in sand. Badly damaged LCT-25 on the beach at Normandy, with her cargo of half-tracks still aboard and remains of the first one off, sitting at her ramp where it was hit by a German shell. Higgins Boat riddled with bullet holes. Scene shifts to January,1944.US troops descend from a troop transport ship into LCT-504 for practice maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay. Troops hit the beach in Higgins Boats driven by U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Attack Transport ship, USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).US troops boarding ships to England, in February, 1944. Views of live aboard transport ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.Coast Guardsmen near weapons at duty stations. Troops quartered aboard a transport with four levels of bunks.Soldiers passing the time: playing cards, napping, reading and writing letters, and sewing clothes. Troops line the deck of the transport ship,USS Bayfield (APA-33), as she approaches port in England. Landing craft from the Bayfield, carrying troops, are seen in assault training exercises in England.Troops wading ashore during training. Coast Guard officers and sailor are seen aboard larger landing ships in exercises.Coast Guard officer smoking a cigar, as landing craft from the Samuel Chase speeds away after landing troops ashore. Trucks drive ashore from landing craft. Scene shifts to May, 1944 and a formation of B-24 aircraft dropping bombs on enemy targets in Europe.
Activities of U.S. ship yard workers and soldiers aboard USS Wakefield in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Scenes in May 1944 as ship yard workers repair the fire damaged ship. Workers weld parts of the ship. A stern view of the ship. The ship at sea carrying thousands of troops. Bags hanging in the quarters of the troops. Soldiers rest in their quarters. Men look through binoculars and see an aircraft. Mounted guns aboard the ship. The troops standing near railings wave at the aircraft. The soldiers aboard the ship attend religious services. Ration is issued to the soldiers. The ship is underway at sea. A Coast Guard officer makes an announcement for all army personnel. The army personnel seated and resting on the deck listen to the announcement.
United States troops practice landing on a beach in England during World War II. United States troops aboard a United States Coast Guard transport ship in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of England. An invasion boat being lowered into the sea during a maneuver in March, 1944. troops climb down landing nets onto an LCI landing craft.. Landing craft underway towards the coast as sun rises in the background. A barge being beached and soldiers land during practice.
The role of United States 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) in various campaigns during World War II. Allied ships underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Soldier of United States 1st Infantry division practice an amphibious landing during training in England. Naval guns being fired on D-Day, June 6th , 1944. Troops of 1st Infantry Division climb down landing nets onto a landing craft. Soldiers land at Normandy Omaha beach in France on D-Day. Some soldiers drop to ground, shot crossing the beach. Troops move inland. Tanks being fired among hedge rows. Troops fire guns from dugouts and provide medical aid to a wounded soldier.
The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. shuttle ships loaded with signal communication supplies for U.S. and Allied troops in the European Theater make their way in the Atlantic ocean. The Squier Laboratory at Camp Alfred Vail in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. A technician works on signal communication equipment in the laboratory. U.S. soldiers use mine detectors in the European Theater during World War II. The mine detectors detect metallic, non-metallic mines, wooden box mines, and mines in glass containers. Artillery soldiers bury large microphones into the ground in advance zones. The microphones relay back information on enemy artillery. Soldiers receive the information on radio sets. U.S. aircraft on a training flight simulating real combat situation: The aircraft lost in heavy rain and rough weather, looking for the location of Boston. The pilot switches on a modern advanced radar. The radar waves pierce thick clouds, are reflected by Earth's surface and display an image on the scope. The image shows the clear location of Boston harbor directly under the aircraft. U.S. bombers attack over the Channel coast on D-Day (6 June, 1944). U.S. soldiers employ meteorological equipment for long range weather forecast in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers release a hydrogen balloon into the sky. Another soldier uses an apparatus to take readings of atmospheric conditions behind enemy lines. An aircraft drops an automatic weather station called SCM-18-TI by parachute into enemy territory. The timed mechanism sends out weather data in codes. The interior of the automatic weather station lying open in a field.
Allied forces underway in the Atlantic Ocean prior to the Allied invasion of France during World War II. Silhouetted Allied sailor aboard a ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors on the deck. One of them looks through binoculars. Sailors on the deck of a ship. A British officer on the bridge of a ship. An officer speaks on a loudspeaker. Water gushes as ship sails through the sea. An officer points towards the sea as he talks to other two officers.