August 1944: Civilians outside the Civil Affairs Committee building in Bayeux, Normandy. A large crowd waits outside the building. Men and women lined up. Radios confiscated by the Nazis, are returned to the civilians. Men and women walk out the building with their radio sets in boxes. Men and children on the street as military vehicles pass by.
View from U.S. Army vehicle traveling along road approaching Bayeux, France, during World War 2. Some residential buildings at the outskirts. An imposing chateau, with "Lion Noir" written on one wing. A fountain (not running) in the lawn. Numerous Allied soldiers walking on streets of downtown Bayeux. No evidence of war damage.
Beginning of the battle for Europe, in World War 2. German Panzer IV tanks moving across a field in Normandy and firing against invading Allied Forces. German infantry following, some carrying Panzerschreck (bazooka) antitank weapons. Views of fires burning and knocked out tanks and armored vehicles. A German soldier guards two American tank crew members carrying a wounded comrade. German armor ascending a hill overlooking battlefield. Heavy fighting in coastal towns and the Bayeux area. German troops firing heavy machine guns. German soldier throwing a hand grenade. More destroyed armor. German soldier ordering battery of rocket launchers to fire. Explosions, fire and destruction.
Scenes from ceremonies commemorating the 25th anniversary of D-Day at Normandy, France. An archway and the British War Memorial in the Bayeux British War Cemetery CWGC near Ranville. High ranking British military leaders and political leaders, along with a French delegation. A former commander of British forces (possibly Bernard Montgomery?)
German prisoners of war at work digging graves for fallen American soldiers, at the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. This is the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II, and located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer. (It is now the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.) Vertical posts with dog tags attached, mark the gravesites of the fallen troops. American soldiers sit near covered bodies of the fallen and perform tasks of identification and grave assignment. Covered remains of one soldier are carried across the field on a stretcher. Barrage balloons are seen in the sky overhead.
Allied troops on a beach after the D-Day landings on Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy during World War II. A sign on the side of a building at Omaha Beachhead reads 'Couseulles and Bayeux'. Allied troops and vehicles on the beachhead.