10 days after D-Day. Allied Forces progressing with invasion of Europe through Normandy during World War II. Infantry troops march and military vehicles move inwards to Carentan, about 3 miles in land from Normandy and Omaha Beach. A native woman talks to soldiers in the town of Carentan. A wounded soldier laying on a U.S. Army jeep in the town square in front of the Carentan Church. Soldiers use girders and continue construction of a bridge at Carentan. (Note: This appears to be "Tucker Bridge" at Carentan. The bridge was so-named after Major John Tucker, commanding the 300th Combat Engineers, was hit by enemy fire and killed during the initial construction of the bridge. The bridge provided important access to Cherbourg, St. Lo, and Caen. It was replaced in 1996 by a stone and concrete structure but it remains the Major John Tucker Bridge.) Two soldiers stand on the bridge and talk to each other.
United States soldiers march towards Carentan, France during World War II. A sign on a board reads Carentan. German Prisoners of War march under United States Military Police guard.
Soldiers of Company D of the United States 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion near Carentan, France during World War II. A soldier, Corporal George Kowach, takes target information from a forward observer team over a field phone at a mortar command post. He relays this information to his platoon leader, First Lieutenant Charles W. Kidd, who plots the target on a map and writes coordinate information into his notebook. The target plot will be passed to the gun positions for firing. Company D soldiers dig an emplacement in a field. Soldiers assemble 4.2 chemical mortar in preparation for the fire mission. (Note: On this day, Company D, operating in support of the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, fired 85 rounds on strong points and hedgerow defenses.)
United States 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion near Carentan, France during World War II. American soldiers transfer mortar ammunition from a two and a half ton truck to a M-29 cargo carrier in a field. Cargo carrier loaded with ammunition moves away.
United States 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion near Carentan, France during World War II. Soldier of 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion speaks over a field phone as the one next to him takes down notes. Soldiers work on a mortar. Soldiers unload wooden crates from a truck and pile them up in a field.
United States 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion near Carentan, France during World War II. Soldiers of 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion set up a mortar in a field. A soldier sights through the sighting bar of the mortar.