The role of United States 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) in various campaigns in Europe during World War II. United States 1st Infantry Division men fight in France as they advance further inland into the country. Soldiers relax, get a haircut and write a letter back home to their families. On July 25th , 1944 German aircraft launch an air attack. Infantrymen fight in the streets of a city in France. Combat engineers plant land mines. 1st Infantry Division soldiers enter Coutance, Mortain, Etampes, Meaux and Soissons. Soldiers around a monument at the Belgium border. 1st Infantry soldiers advance towards Aachen. Tanks fire as soldiers fight against the Germans in Aachen. Men on a machine gun. On October 25th 1944 Aachen surrenders to the Allies. Nazi banner lying in a street.
Allied Operation Cobra, during World War II. United States infantry,tanks and other vehicles advance from Lessay through the war-torn town of Periers, on their way to Coutances, France. U.S. infantrymen (probably 90th Infantry Division) and armor of the 4th Armored Division, including M4(105) howitzer medium tanks and M4 medium tanks (part of Operation Cobra) move past a road sign that reads "Périers". At top of signpost, another sign reads: "Road cleared of mines to hedges." The tanks turn right (South) in front of the damaged Periers church, as they pass through town on their way toward the city of Coutances.
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division training in England under General Clarence R Huebner, in preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasion. U.S. Navy ships underway at sea. Heavy naval guns bombard the coast of France on D-Day. U.S. Army soldiers seen during assault on Omaha beach with heavy losses on D-DAy. U.S. soldiers and tanks encounter heavy German resistance in the "hedge rows." American soldiers digging trenches with shovels and picks and treating wounded comrade. Dead German soldier lying in street as Americans enter the town of Caumont (Caumont l'Eventé). Frenchman civilian pours wine for American soldier after they liberated Caumont l'Eventé from the entrenched German forces. An American helps a French civilian woman to reach a safe place crossing rubble. Damaged French houses along the sides of street. During rest, a soldier gives another a haircut, and another writes a letter. U.S. Air Force B-17s fly overhead and bomb near St. Lo, France on July 25, 1944. Other U.S. Army artillery units, the 4th and 9th Divisions, and General Patton's tanks provided support so the 1st Infantry (First Infantry or Big Red One) could occupy the area. Army combat engineers dig up mines and use construction equipment to clear debris. Wrecked houses and rubble. U.S. soldiers keep advancing through towns and eat and rest as they can. Road sign reads: "Coutances." First Infantry goes through Mortain, Etampes, Meaux, Soissons and across the Belgian border. German prisoners of war walk with their hands raised. German soldier digging out of fox hole. Siegfried Line and dragons teeth. Strong German resistance encountered at Aachen. Tanks fire in the field. House to house fighting in Aachen. Surrender of Aachen. A German flag laying in the street is run over by a U.S. military vehicle. German resistance is heavy during battle scenes in Battle of Hürtgen Forest. German and American artillery are seen in Hurtgen Forest. U.S. wounded treated. The 1st Division is pulled out for rest at the rear, in Belgium.
Bomb damage in Coutances, France during World War II. Aerial view of the bomb damage in city. Heaps of debris seen in front of the damaged buildings. Priests walk through ruins.
United States infantry, tanks and trucks filled with troops, advance through a war torn town in France during World War II. Commanding General of the U.S. 3rd Army, Lieutenant General George S. Patton stands in a jeep as it passes through the town. United States Army M-4 Sherman tanks move on roads. Troops in trucks and other vehicles move along roads. Trees seen on either side of roads. Damaged buildings in the town. Among armor seen are an M4 Sherman Dozer and an M3 Lee tank.
Military police guard German prisoners of war in vicinity of Periers,France, during World War II. German prisoners rest along wall in courtyard of a building. Some prisoners sleep over ruins of buildings. Military police guard them. Prisoners being marched to trucks and loaded, packed tightly onto open trucks. French women on bicycles stop and make fun of the German prisoners Damaged buildings seen in the background. Sherman tank of 4th Armored Division drives past bomb-damaged church. Road sign points along Route 71 to next town (Coutances) and end of route (coastal city of Granville).