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 Navy vessels underway in Atlantic Ocean during World War II. United States Navy PT (patrol) boats underway in Atlantic Ocean. A 50 caliber machine gunner works on the gun aboard a vessel. Explosions occur around minesweepers. Massive explosions occur causing a pillar of smoke to rise up as a result of the bombing of French coast. A cruiser shelled in mid sea.
Allied diver takes to water in the Atlantic Ocean. A diver in his diving suit stands on a platform as he is hoisted over the side of a ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Diver being lowered in the water.
United States ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Naval guns mounted aboard a United States ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean. A man aboard the ship looks through a pair of binoculars. Many spent shells of various sizes on the deck of the ship. Several aircraft seen briefly above the ship. Various other ships and vessels underway at sea. Naval guns being fired and smoke rises. Soldiers aboard the ship sleep on deck. Sailors on the deck as they look at spent shells.. American flag hoisted aboard the ship. Man with a blinker light aboard the ship.
United States ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. United States ship underway in the Atlantic Ocean with naval guns aboard it. A man at an anti aircraft gun aboard the ship. A convoy of ships underway at sea in the background. A man looks towards the convoy through binoculars. Sailors on the deck of the ship. Two men look at a knife. Naval gun being fired. A man at a gun. Smoke rises from the shore as shells burst.