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.
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.
Allied troops at a company rest area on the Periers front below Carentan in Normandy, France during World War II. A soldier fills a container with water. Infantrymen are issued shoes and new equipment. The soldiers in the rest area shave, bathe and change clothing.
Allied troops at a company rest area on Periers front below Carentan in Normandy, France during World War II. A jeep loaded with socks and new equipment pulls up into the rest area. A soldier washes feet in a helmet. A soldier shaves.
Allied invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. Allied soldiers fire artillery and mortars. Troops advance after D-Day invasion along a road into the city of Saint Marcouf. Men of United States 82nd and 101st Airborne Division march into villages. A sign reads ' Sainte Marie Mont', ' Montebourg' and ' Point Labbe.' Heavy artillery being fired, camouflaged gun positions as paratroopers continue to advance. Paratroopers enter the town of Carentan, past a disabled M4 Sherman tank, fitted for deep wading on Utah beach. Paratroopers ride a German armored vehicle. Another paratrooper rides a bay horse. Two men ride a captured Kettenkrad, tracked motorcycle, down the street. Vehicle tows a small trailer loaded with ammunition. Troops march the prisoners of war in the streets.
U.S. troops advancing into Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France, after landing on Normandy during World War II. Troopers around road sign pointing toward Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Carentan. Troopers talk to French woman on roadside. U.S. Army 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 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.