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.
U.S. troops advancing into Carentan, France, after landing on Normandy during World War II. Troopers around 'Carentan' sign. Troopers talk to French woman on roadside. U.S. soldier gives chewing gum to French children and tries to explain how to chew (not swallow) it. Tanks advance along road. Troopers march along road. French civilians greet arriving U.S. troops. U.S. soldiers march on streets in Carentan.
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.
Aerial view of many USAAF Troop Carrier Command C-47 aircraft,together with gliders, parked on a field in England. The aircraft and gliders are all painted in D-Day stripes. Views on ground of C-47s taking off towing gliders behind. Formation of C-47s and gliders overhead. Views from an aircraft in a formation. Below, the Portland Bill lighthouse & directional beacon (code-named Flatbush) is seen as the formation departs the English coast. (Note: film view of Portland Bill light is reversed. Roundabout should appear to right of the lighthouse.) Closeup of a glider in the formation. View from a ship, in the English Channel, as an airplane crashes and explodes on the French coast. Aerial view of landing craft on the Normandy beach, as the formation passes overhead. View of French fields flooded by the Germans. Aerial view of parachutes from U.S. Army paratroopers who had dropped into France the night before (June 5th), but no sign of the troops themselves. Masses of gliders on the ground. View inside a glider as it cuts loose from its C-47 tow plane. View from ground as gliders cut loose and maneuver for landing. View of a glider that crashed into a German Headquarters building, and view of another landing in water. Allied gliders destroyed (some burning) and damaged by German gunfire and passive defenses (15 foot poles planted closely in landing zones). A German artillery piece concealed at the edge of a landing zone. American troops, from the gliders, marching into Saint Marcouf, France. Montage of Allied advances and gunfire. Road sign pointing to Sainte Marie-du Mont and Carentan. U.S. troops moving through French town of Sainte Marie-du Monte. U.S. troops riding in a captured German Ketenkrad tracked motorcycle.
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.