Map showing Cherbourg, and Caen, further up the peninsula, in France during World War 2.German forces preparing to defend Caen. Nazi SS troops and armored divisions moving into positions.Scenes of Allied forces battling for Caen (much at dusk or nighttime).Sky filled with Allied warplanes.Bombs falling and smoke rising from targets. British infantry crouched beside a road. British Avro Lancaster bomber in flight. Bombs exploding on the ground.Smoking ruins of buildings.1st Canadian Army troops moving into the wartorn city.Street-to-street and house-to-house fighting in Caen. Residents of Caen emerge from shelters onto streets, after fighting ceases.A small boy picks up an apple from the street and eats it. A soldier of the Polish 1st Division is seen. British 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats) and infantry advancing out of Caen. British forces in heavy fire fights with German defenders around Falaise.
German Army fights with the Allied infantry and tanks on the Western Front in France and England, during the summer of 1944 in World War 2. Animated maps show English and French invasion coastlines. During Battle of Caen, German soldiers load ammunition on a camouflaged truck. The truck driven on roads. A German soldier on truck observes American bombers in sky overhead. Truck parks to the side and German antiaircraft guns fired. Night view from ground of bombs being dropped and buildings burning in the distance in Caen, France. German military trucks move at night on roads passing by burning fires. View from inside cabs of moving German vehicles. Daytime view of heavily bombed and destroyed city of Caen with ruins of houses and shops; German infantry walk through the streets of the destroyed and empty city. German soldiers fully loaded with their weapons ready for a battle. Close views of their faces with determined expressions. German tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry move on roads. Among them are two Borgward IV remote-controlled demolition vehicles (Schwerer Ladungsträger Borgward B IV, or heavy explosive carrier Borgward B IV) each driven by one man. Soldiers of German Army observe approach of U.S. Army forces. A German soldier arranges shells for artillery to fire as they fire on Allied positions. Wehrmacht infantry soldiers advance cautiously along roads. German soldiers take cover and prepare to attack as American tanks pass through a village. German soldiers fire on U.S. Army tanks. German soldiers direct an unmanned, remote-controlled small armored vehicle laden with explosives across a field and detonate it near U.S. Army vehicles (it is known as a Goliath Tracked Mine, or Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath (Sd.Kfz. 302/303a/303b); also known as a "beetle tank" to Allied forces). Large explosion as the remote-controlled demolition vehicle is detonated. Dead U.S. Army soldier along a road side, and injured German soldiers are aided by other German soldier
German newsreel footage of German soldiers near Caen after the Normandy invasion, France. Night view of the bombarding. Wreckage in the city due to the bombarding. Wrecked houses and buildings. German Tanks, motorcycles, infantry and artillery move up. Bombarding and firing in a field. Soldiers hide in the field to save themselves from the firing. A soldier talks on phone. German soldiers take cover behind houses and fire. Smoke rises from the battle. German antitank guns cripple United States Sherman tanks. A large bomb crater in field. German Army soldiers discuss amongst themselves.
German forces defend against invading Allies, in France, during World War II. German antiaircraft batteries swing into action. A German soldier looks through binoculars at high altitude formations of Allied aircraft in flight over the city of Caen, France. Anti aircraft guns being fired at the airplanes. U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 aircraft seen in formation dropping bombs at lower altitude. Smoke rises from bomb bursts. German gunners fire FLAK vierling 38 antiaircraft gun from an open railway car. German soldiers look at the B-26 bombers as they fly overhead in several flights of 6 aircraft each. Several German FW-190 fighter aircraft pass overhead and engage the U.S. bombers at high altitude, leaving myriad contrails visible in the sky. American Air Forces aircraft attack over a bay of the Seine River. German antiaircraft fire continues. An FW-190 aircraft passes low overhead. Burning wreckage of an airplane in the forest. In the city of Caen, a tall monument can be seen, still standing, topped by a winged figure holding aloft a laurel wreath in each hand. Residents leaving the city of Caen carrying all their belongings. Damaged buildings in the city. German troops move about the city in trucks and on motorcycles. German Pz.IV's of Panzer Lehr Division advance with intent to surround the invading Allied forces. German troops firing heavy field artillery. Allied paratroopers being taken prisoner in a field of flowers. Wrecked Allied Sherman Firefly tank on a field. Sweat shirt displayed with "Canadian Armoured Corps" written on it.
A map of cities in Western France. German soldiers load munitions into camouflaged trucks and advance near Caen, after the Normandy invasion, France. Soldiers lift munitions. Camouflaged German munitions convoy moves. Aircraft in flight. German anti-aircraft guns fired at Allied planes over Caen. Bombarding and firing on the battlefield at dusk. Allied aircraft in the air. Heavy flak in the sky. Smoke and explosions from the bombing of Caen area by allied aircraft. German vehicles proceed onward under cover of darkness, passing some fires burning.
August 1944: Allied troops in Caen, France. Aerial view of the Allied 21st Army Group Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery's armor advancing in the Normandy countryside. Tanks and artillery advance in fields. A tank on fire. Field Marshal Montgomery shakes hands with three little French girls and accepts flowers from them. He talks to the local residents. Refugees in a church. Children, women, men and elderly people are given food. They take rest. Refugees transferred in trucks. A soldier lights a smoke. French underground soldiers in the street. Collaborationists who aided the Germans are rounded up and their heads shaved. The bald men and women in a truck. Russian troops near a railway track. The troops march back towards Caen.