View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.
A U.S. cemetery near Colleville-sur-Mer France after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. American soldiers receive communion at a beach. American Honor Guard doing a 3-volley rifle salute for a burial ceremony. A U.S. soldier, a U.S. sailor and a British soldier open tinned rations and eat. A bugler sounds a call. U.S. soldiers assembled for the burial ceremony. The soldiers with their heads bowed. A chaplain speaks. A Catholic priest, Reverend Father William Dempsey, of New York City, prays at an altar set up on a jeep hood. French civilians with flowers at the ceremony, including the Mayor of Colleville, Mr. Poidevin.
German prisoners of war at work digging graves for fallen American soldiers, at the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944. This is the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II, and located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux in Colleville-sur-Mer. (It is now the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.) Vertical posts with dog tags attached, mark the gravesites of the fallen troops. American soldiers sit near covered bodies of the fallen and perform tasks of identification and grave assignment. Covered remains of one soldier are carried across the field on a stretcher. Barrage balloons are seen in the sky overhead.
The first U.S. prison camp in Colleville-sur-Mer after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. U.S. soldiers question German prisoners. Prisoners rest on the ground. One of the prisoner being interrogated at a map. American cemetery near Eterville, France shows a grave with flowers. Open graves. Dead bodies of U.S. soldiers on the ground await burial. Wrecked gliders in the background. A soldier writes out a tag for the dead.
U.S. soldiers in Colleville-sur-Mer after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. An old French woman stands on a road and gives flowers to passing U.S. soldiers. She throws some on passing vehicles. A young girl gives roses to two soldiers. They put them in the buttonholes of their shirts.
U.S. troops in Colleville-sur-Mer after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. Two U.S. soldiers walk with two French men. French civilians wave to U.S. Army vehicles driving past on the streets. A Frenchman hands out bottles of wine to U.S. soldiers. LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks) on Omaha Beach. A barrage balloon overhead. A jeep and another vehicle roll off an LST. Equipment on the beach.