invasion of Normandy, France by Allied Force during World War 2. Improvised port facilities being erected in "Operation Mulberry." Ships carrying troops and supplies pull up to the Mulberry piers. Troops and vehicles moving on the piers toward the shore at Normandy. A severe storm on D+13 tears up the mulberry port facilities. War materiel moving on the Normandy beaches. View of Seaport at Cherbourg, France. Allied and German forces moving to battle over the cherbourg port.Large formation of Allied aircraft. U.S. troops battling Germans in hedgerows, on the way to Cherbourg. U.S. troops being welcomed by French residents. Meeting heavy resistance at outskirts of Cherbourg, the U.S. employs batteries of field artillery.Some infantry engaged in street fighting. German Generalleutnant Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben, commander of the remnants of German defenders is seen capitulating at Cherbourg.
Aerial view of ruined French towns and villages destroyed by the fighting as Allied forces advance from the beachheads of Normandy to take the port of Cherbourg. U.S. troops moving along the road to Cherbourg. French civilians give refreshments to U.S. troops. U.S. field artillery firing. German troops surrendering under a flag of truce, leaving a fortified building. One of the U.S. soldiers guarding them has a bloodied head and face and wears bandages. U.S. airplanes bomb a fortress at Cherbourg, as Lieutenant General Omar Bradley and Major General Lawton Collins watch. Cherbourg falls to the Allies.
View of a port in England, filled with Allied ships and boats to carry war materiel for Allied forces preparing to invade Europe during World War 2. A barrage balloon aloft overhead. Yards full of military rolling stock. Scene shifts to Whitehall Government buildings around the The Cenotaph war memorial in London, England. Inside the British military headquarters the Allied High Command is gathered to plan the invasion of Europe. Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower is pointing at a wall map, as senior Allied commanders, including British Marshal Bernard Montgomery, look on. Next, Americam P-47 fighter planes, in D-Day paint stripes take off from an airdrome. Officers watch takeoffs from control tower porch. Views from Allied aircraft gun cameras show strafing from low altitudes destroying German ground targets, including railroads and airfields. A formation of American B-26 bombers in flight overhead. Lines of communication such as road junctions being destroyed by bombing. Glimpse of copilot at controls in a bomber. Scene shifts to June 6, 1944 and the Allied invasion fleet underway across the English Channel. Allied warships bombarding the shores of Normandy, France. Landing Craft Tank (Rocket) firing salvos of rockets. Animated mat shows the invasion forces striking the defenses of the German West Wall. View of British and American soldiers wading ashore from landing craft, and some falling to German gunfire at the shoreline. View of German defenders firing from inside a German fortification. German soldiers firing machine guns from protected places overlooking the beaches of Normandy. Trapped American soldiers firing upwards toward the German positions in cliffs overlooking the beach. Later views of Allied troops in combat further inland. Animated map shows area of allied penetration after 19 days of bitter fighting. Allied Armor, trucks, and supplies moving inland from the beachhead. Barrage balloon above the improvised ports. Allied troops heading toward the port of Cherbourg and guns firing in that battle. American M8 Greyhound armored personnel carriers proceeding into the town of cherbourg. closeup of American soldiers firing small arms. Soldiers firing a howitzer point blank. The last of the German garrison troops surrendering under a flag of truce, on June 27, 1944. Large group of German prisoners of war with hands clasped over their heads, being escorted under guard from Cherbourg. Docks and facilities needing repair to make the port serviceable. U.S. Army engineers welding port facilities. Closeup of a locomotive operated by French railroad men, moving in the restored port.
Allied occupation of Cherbourg, France during World War II. British Admiral Bertram Ramsay and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Wilkes with other officers walking on town streets of Cherbourg and they arrive at the Hôtel de ville de Cherbourg for a conference. French, British and American flags on the Hotel de ville de Cherbourg. U.S. Army trucks loaded with men and towing covered trailers seen moving on roads and partially destroyed ferry terminal seen in the background. Admiral Wilkes and Admiral Ramsay at the town center with the equestrian statue of Napoleon mounted on a horse (the Place Napolean) designed by Armand The Véel. A bunker fortification is seen beside the statue, and the Place Napoléon statue is surrounded by a decorated iron gate. The partially bombed ferry terminal can be seen behind the Place Napoléon. Vide Admiral Wilkes and Admiral Ramsay stand in a building balcony and look at a map while in discussion. Admirals along with other officers in an amphibious jeep.
The harbor area of Cherbourg in Normandy, France after the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. Damaged docks, harbor area and a railroad station of Cherbourg. German fortifications and gun positions. Damaged buildings.
An aerial view of the city of Normandy in France. German installations are bombed and strafed. Allied troops fire artillery. Smoke rises up due to explosions. Soldiers walk in a street. Rubble on the street. An allied aircraft in flight. Smoke rises up as the German installations are bombed. Street fighting in Normandy. Nazi soldiers surrender after street fighting in Cherbourg. Buildings in the background. German prisoners are marched. Wounded soldiers. Civilians gather as a United States flag is raised in Cherbourg. Civilians cheer as the Germans are defeated. A man gives a speech.