World War 2 activities of the British in Great Britain. Industrial cities in Britain. An advertisement shows old country towns in Southern England. Other advertisements show Dunkeld Cathedral and a country vacation in Southern California. The countryside with fields in view. Steel mills of Sheffield. A village with a flowing stream. Old castles in England. A shipyard with ships anchored. Old cathedrals. Industrial cities of Birmingham and Manchester and Leeds. A small munitions factory in which men work making war ammunition and ordnance.
Filmed from the destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623, in convoy of warships bound for Sicily invasion in World War 2. Operation Husky- Convoy UGF.9 leaving Hampton Roads, Va. en route to Oran. Forward view of destroyer USS Nelson, DD-623's bow, with stern view of the light cruiser USS Birmingham, CL-62. Looking forward starboard view of the light cruiser USS Birmimgham, CL-62. Forward view of the destroyer USS Nelson's bow with crew sending message line over to the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Forward starboard quarter of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side of bow of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side view of the light cruiser USS Birmingham. Starboard side view of the attack transport USS James O'hara, APA-90. Starboard side view of the stores ship USS Tarazed, AF-13. Aft view of the destroyer USS Nelson with convoy in background. Signalman controls the starboard signal light with convoy in background.
Sherman Medium M4 Tank Duplex Drive. The Sherman DD- A report to the Commanding General, European Theater of Operations. Sherman Duplex Drive (DD) in water. Four soldiers on Sherman. Sherman covered with canvas. Technician at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory works on the Sherman. Gauges on tank. Machines on tank. Canvas side wall goes up. Technician puts struts into place. The canvas expands. He pushes a lever and the canvas goes down. Barrel of artillery visible. He turns its barrel.
(Note: filmed at Metropolitan Cammel Midlands factory, Birmingham, England who built and designed the DD equipment to be fitted to U.S. built Sherman tanks. As it is a prototype, the air controls are not in the same place as on production machines.)
Scene of dome shaped kiosks named Air Raid Shelters in Birmingham, England. A woman enters inside. Man closing gate of kiosk. A bomb explodes and then woman come out of the kiosk. Winston Churchill with other officials watching. People going near the kiosks.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and members of the Royal family, visit the British industries fair, in Birmingham, England. They are shown a miniature model of the Queen's coronation chair. Prince Richard (Richard Alexander Walter George), and Prince William (William Henry Andrew Frederick), the sons of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, are seen viewing mechanical models of cars. Sir Miles Thomas, Chairman of British Overseas Airways greets the Royal guests and shows them a model of comet jet liner, the world's fastest.
Paratroopers of the U.S. 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, at RAF Station, Greenham Common, proceed, in full battle gear, to board C-47 aircraft for their flight to Normandy, France, on June 5, 1944, during World War 2. Camouflage is seen on their helmets and their faces are blackened. One group is seen boarding C-47, tail number 43-15296. An officer reads briefing notes to them.They don life vests. A Captain and two Sergeants discuss briefing notes.Paratroopers help others who have difficulty climbing aboard the aircraft because of their heavy and ungainly equipment. Ninth Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Louis H. Brereton speaks to Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Louis R. Goodrich, and shakes hands with some of the troopers, wishing them well, as they board C-47 number 42-92847, named, "That's All...Brother."(This was the lead aircraft for the airdrop, just behind the C-47s dropping pathfinders. It was piloted by the commander of the 438th Troop Carrier Group, Colonel John Donalson, and 87th Troop Carrier Squadron Commander, Lieutenant Colonel David Daniel.) The C-47s taxi out for takeoff, as senior officers watch them depart. (Note: There has been confusion about the name of the lead aircraft, C-47, 42-92847, because Colonel Donalson normally flew one named "Belle of Birmingham. " Research, including information from his daughter, indicate that he chose 42-92847, as lead aircraft, because it would have to be cut open to accommodate SCR 717C radar equipment, and he didn't want that done to his favorite airplane.)