'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton, Jr. Opening scene shows General George S. Patton, Jr. stepping from a landing craft in France, during World War 2. He stands by the side of a road and waves, as elements of his 3rd Army pass in tanks. Patton in a jeep moving with his troops. General Patton pointing with a baton, in North Africa. View of a world globe being circled by a satellite. A baby picture of Patton (called "Georgie"). Patton seen as a boy, fencing, as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. A smiling Patton at West Point. Members of the first football team for soldiers established by Patton. Renault tanks of the 1st Tank Battalion moving with AEF soldiers in World War I. Tank commander,Patton standing in front of a Renault tank. Group picture of American soldiers and tanks, at the Tank School, in Fort Meade, Maryland., after World War I. Closeup of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton, in the group. Patton and his wife, Beatrice Banning Ayer, in Old West costumes, for a party, where he displays a pistol in his belt, and in costumes for another party, where they dress as a knight and his lady on horseback. American recruits and draftees being issued uniforms in World War 2. Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. commanding forces for the invasion of North Africa, in November, 1942. U.S. Navy warships fire their guns in advance of an amphibious landing. Landing craft heading toward shore. U.S. troops coming ashore at Casablanca, French Morocco. General Patton accompanied by French officers. Glimpse of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at their conference in Casablanca in 1943. Patton riding in an armored car with three-star flag displayed. Artillery firing in battle of Tunisia. Lt. Gen. Patton and others observing operations. British General, Sir Harold Alexander, steps from a light airplane to meet with General Patton in North Africa. They converse. Patton and another officer looking through binoculars from a ridge by the village of El Guettar, as allies engage German troops and armor from the 10th Panzer Division. M3 Lee tanks moving in the desert. Knocked out tanks of the German 10th Panzer Division. General Patton coming aboard an American warship, and then standing with an Italian officer and a U.S. Major General. Allied naval bombardment at night. Patton observing though binoculars. Allied warships bombarding Sicily. Allied amphibious forces heading ashore in landing craft. Troops moving ashore. Closeup of troops in a landing craft. Glimpse of Patton in a landing craft. Troops walking across floating dock from a landing ship. U.S. flag flying in sand at beachhead. Landing ships in background. General Patton stepping ashore from small boat, and conversing onshore with a Brigadier General and some troops.
Events related to the Casablanca Conference. U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill seated on lawn wearing civilian clothes. Several officers including U.S. Army Air Force Chief, General Henry H (Hap) Arnold, U. S. Admiral Ernest J King, U.S. Army General George C Marshall, British Admiral Sir Andrew B Cunningham, British Field Marshal Sir Alan Francis Brooke, British Lord Louis Mountbatten, British Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal and Harry Hopkins, advisor to President Roosevelt, in the background.
Allied Forces fight the Axis Powers in North Africa during World War II. Anfa Hotel in Casablanca. Scenes of Casablanca Conference. Various dignitaries like American President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill, General de Gaulle, General Giraud, General Eisenhower, General Alexander and Admiral Cunningham present at the conference. A meeting between General de Gaulle and General Giraud. Dignitaries in a room. General Eisenhower, British General Alexander, British Admiral Cunningham and British Air Chief Marshal Tedder. Allied officers work together. President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. Churchill visits General Montgomery. Animated map shows Mareth line. General Rommel, German and Italian troops behind the Mareth line. German tanks and planes. Animated map show the course of the battle. Allied troops move past destroyed and abandoned German tanks. German Tiger tanks. Allied soldiers fire at the German tanks with British antitank guns. German tank burns.
President Roosevelt in a jeep in Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. A jeep with the President and officials moves along a dirt field, followed by three security personnel and a large sedan.Three soldiers at attention at the side of a path. Several soldiers and officers, on the other side of the path, salute as the President passes. A large contingent of American troops is lined up in formation. A motorcade of jeeps arrives. President Roosevelt is in the second jeep which displays an American flag and another flag (Presidential Seal?). American Sherman tanks parade in formation, four abreast. A brass band marches and plays.
Allied troops and civilians in the city of Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. An aerial view of the city. Buildings and houses in the background. People working on a farm. Exterior of a building. Natives walk in front of the building. The U.S. flag flutters from the flag pole outside the building. A French soldier on guard. The civilians and French soldiers in the foreground. Enlisted men perform calisthenics. The civilians watch them. Ems marching on the street. Women, EM and a small boy stand in the balcony of a building. They wave goodbye.
Civilians and Allied troops in the city of Casablanca, Morocco during World War II. Houses and buildings along the sides of a street. French policemen talking to a military policeman. A sign board reads: 'M Dump Depot' nearby. The civilians in the background. An old lady standing near the policemen. Exterior of the French Headquarters building. Guards, civilians, enlisted men and nurses in the foreground. They pose near a jeep in front of the building. The civilians on bicycles and general traffic on the street. Exterior of a French mansion. The French flag fluttering from a flag pole on the building. A tall white building.