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.
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.
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.
View of Omaha Beach,and Allied reinforcement and resupply operations following the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War 2. Barrage balloons above the shoreline.Boats in the water, some sunken. Large supply ships and Landing Crafts tank (LCTs) moving Sherman tanks,armored vehicles, jeeps, trucks and equipment ashore.Wounded Allied soldiers being carried on litters to be ferried out to the larger ships.British troops holding their ears as they fire mortars.Scottish troops setting up outside Caen and exchanging mortar fire with German defenders.Scottish soldiers cleaning weapons. One with a pet cat. Scots soldiers crawling through grass and firing machine guns.Jeep with red cross carrying wounded on litters. Battle in city of Caen. Allied soldier carrying wounded comrade on his back.Dressing station set up in the city.MPs and medics tending to wounded. Army ambulance rushing wounded to field hospital behind the lines. Medical team performing surgery on wounded soldier. Narrator says they could not stop bleeding. View of dogtags on a white stake in the ground.
U.S. 9th Air Force air attacks against France during World War II. Aerial views of the 9th Air Force L-5 Sentinel aircraft in flight on June 8, 1944. An aircraft flies over Allied camouflaged positions in France. Aerial views of an abandoned tank, abandoned parachutes and 155 mm gun emplacements. U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 Marauders in flight over a convoy of Allied ship in the English Channel. Smoke rises from a ship on fire. Smoke rises from the city of Caen. Marauders bombard a communication center and smoke rises. Bombs being dropped on communication lines and marshaling yards.