U.S. soldiers march towards Allied positions in North Africa during World War II. Wreckage and bombed buildings in Sbeitla, Tunisia. British soldiers escort German and Italian prisoners towards Allied prison camps in Constantine, Algeria. Dusty boots of the prisoners.
A documentary depicts Algeria soon after its independence. A coast along the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Oran. Houses in the city. A lion sculpture in the foreground. Architecture and sculptures of the city. Algerian flags flutter in windows. A bus drives past. The mountains of the Grand Kabili. Rugged hilly terrain in the east of Algeria. A flock of sheep. Two shepherds sit on a hill. Fruits growing on trees. A water body. An electricity tower. The port city of Annaba. A man makes a fishing net. A ship at a port. Mining equipment in operation to mine out ores. A heap of an ore. The Atlas Mountain range. The city of Constantine. Traffic on the streets. A memorial reads 'Place Des Martyrs'. The Algerian flag atop it. Wheat producing area in the south. Men work with farming machines. A man carries a load of hay.
A documentary depicting Algerians celebrating their independence and developments in Algeria thereafter. Vehicles carrying jubilant people drive past on the roads in different parts of the country. A helicopter in flight. A crowd gathers to watch as dignitaries and deputies arrive to attend the first session of the National Assembly. The session in progress. Ferhat Abbas is elected as the President of the National Assembly. Mohamed Ahmed Ben Bella casts his vote along with other members for the election of the prime minister. The crowd cheers as Mohamed Ahmed Ben Bella is declared the newly appointed Algerian Prime Minister. The Algerian flags are waved. A military procession in the streets. Soldiers parade as the people watch. Helicopters in flight. United States Air Force aircraft fly to aid with medical supplies. Dignitaries get off aircraft and are greeted by Algerian dignitaries. Men carry boxes. Volunteer medical personnel disembark aircraft. The Kabili Mountains. Men work in fields and water crops. Algerian boys in Constantine for a forestry course. People work in a tent area. A man cooks bread. Sacks of food supplies sent in by other countries. Trees are felled. The United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Algerian Prime Minister addresses the UN General Assembly. Ben Bella in Washington DC. U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Ben Bella review honor guards. President Kennedy congratulates Algerian people on attaining independence. Heavy crowd on the streets of Algeria.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
Chiefs and veiled tribesmen say farewell to French President Gaston Doumergue in Constantine, Algeria after ceremonies to celebrate their 100th year of allegiance. The chiefs and the veiled tribesmen shake hands with President Doumergue. Men on horseback followed by a car. A cheering crowd on a street. A train arrives at a railroad station. Young girls pose.
In 1943, Higgins boats from the USS Callaway (APA-35) practice maneuvering in a circle, in waters off San Diego, California. A Stuart light tank being lowered from the ship onto Higgins boat number PA35-1. View of two marines riding on top of the tank as the boat proceeds toward shore. Higgins boat (PA26-23) from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) churns the waters during training activities in waters off Algeria, North Africa. Boat No. 23 flies a striped flag of maroon and gold, which seems to identify it as a supervisory boat. Other landing craft, including Boat PA26-11, execute training maneuvers.