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.
A captured German U boat-505 while underway in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. A U.S. Navy TBF Avenger flies overhead. USS Guadalcanal with TBF Avenger aircraft on its deck underway in the Atlantic Ocean. German U boat-505 with the bow and the conning tower sticking up. Captured German U boat crew members on the deck of a ship. USS Guadalcanal tows U boat-505. The U boat in the foreground with the bow and the conning tower sticking up. The American flag flies from the conning tower of the U boat. Men on the deck of the U boat. The bow of the U boat with a towing line over it. A partially sunk U boat-505. A motor whale boat goes out to the U boat and puts a tow line over it. The tow line goes over the U boat. A destroyer escort in the background. The motor whale boat goes over to U boat-505. Men look through binoculars in the foreground with the U boat in the background.
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.
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.