Allied offensive in North Africa during World War II. Railroad train passes on a bridge in the United States filled with tanks and equipment bound for eastern ports. British rail carry heavy equipment and British Tanks to ports. Large number of transport trucks line up at a dock area. An Allied troop transport ship arrives at the dock. Allied troops boarding troop carrier ships in United States and England. British tanks loaded to ships. Troops disembark a train and troops embark a ship. Troops wave as the ship leaves the dock. Allied transport ships, battleships, cruisers and destroyers underway in Atlantic toward Gibraltar rendevous in 1942. Montage shows U.S. Capitol in Washington, President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in conversation in late December 1941, Views of General George Marshall, General Dwight D Eisenhower in the United States following their appointments to lead the effort from the American side. General Mark Clarke in England shaking hands with Eisenhower. Neville Chamberlain also seen. A convoy of Allied ships. Allied troops aboard ships headed to Gibraltar. Two United States soldiers sew American flag patches on uniforms. Troops play games on ship deck. Battle inspection of troops and arms on the deck by their officers.
Peaceful scenes of pre-war England, showing a church with sheep grazing on its lawn, and college building. In contrast, explosion and results of German bombing is shown, with buildings collapsing and ruined. A long line of Chinese soldiers marching along the Great Wall of china. Shadows of three Japanese bombers flying over Chinese landscape. On May 4, 1942, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek decorates American fliers who made the first attack on Tokyo in World War 2. Wearing a Chinese decoration around his neck, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, who led that raid by U.S. B-25 bombers from the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, poses with Madame Chiang and others of his group. Scenes of Moscow, Soviet Russia, including a T-70 light tank moving rapidly along a city street. A Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 dive bomber taking off in a snow storm. U.S. troops on a halftrack in North Africa. British artillerymen firing a 25 pounder in the desert. Glimpses of smoke rising from enemy strikes at cities in England, Russia, and China. Scenes of destruction. Brief street scenes of unscarred towns and cities in the United States. Defense workers in America going to work at Ranger Aircraft Engines factory (later part of Fairchild Aircraft and Engine Corporation), and a star flag showing war service by worker families. Farmers in Western U.S. harvesting grain. Railroad trains and river barges carrying harvest from U.S. farms. Herds of cattle and sheep being raised for the war effort in Western U.S. Aerial view of orchards and farms in America. A mining bucket filled with iron ore. Barge carrying the ore. A steel mill in operation. Scrap iron being recycled. View from production floor of U.S. bomber aircraft being built in a defense plant. Countless freight cars in a railroad marshaling yard at a port, where a tug boat and a freighter are seen in the water. War materiel piled up at the port. A convoy of supply ships underway.
A film titled 'Happy Warriors' on procedures for rotating U.S. airmen from England to the United States for rest and relaxation during World War II. Several views of U.S. B-17s, B-24s and other bombers in flight through flak over enemy areas in Europe. Tail codes on B-17s identify them as belonging to the 95th Bombardment Group of the U.S. 8th Air Force. Various crew members seen at their respective crew stations aboard the bombers. Falling bombs explode on ground targets.View of a failed engine in flight and the propeller being feathered. General Eisenhower shaking hands with crew of a B-26 Marauder named "Son of Satan," with about 50 bombs painted on its fuselage for missions flown. A military bus arrives at the 127th Replacement Battalion's Washington Hall. USAAF fliers step from the bus and make their way to the receiving office. A sign reads: "New Arrivals Report to Rear Door." Among the group of aviators walking to the reception area is one carrying a small puppy dog. Colonel William A. Gail, Battalion Commander, of Montgomery, Alabama, poses with his headquarters staff. "Puddles" the mascot dog of the Post joins in for the picture. Posing and smiling, is Sergeant Major Holloway,who has been Colonel Gail's "right hand man" since the unit was organized in 1942. The fliers stand informally as a Sergeant calls the roll. The fliers undergo screening of their individual possessions for security purposes.A navigator has his maps taken away, to be returned when he returns from leave. Captain Baldridge, in charge of the mess,tastes and personally approves dishes from the kitchen before they are served to the Army aviators.
An interview of United States Air Force Lieutenant General Ira Eaker conducted by Dr. Maurer in the United States. General Eaker talks about major problems in organizing and commanding the 8th Bomber Command in 1942. They landed in England. Getting air bases , missiles, barracks, hospitals, runways and other equipment from the British was the basis for the organization. Different area commanders reported to them and kept no secrets from them. He talks about the development of defensive tactics against the enemy and modifying the equipment according to needs.
View of troop ship USS Wakefield on September 3, 1942 off the New England coast after a fire breaks out while the transport was en route to her destination. The ship at sea off the American coast. Smoke rises from the fire.
'The fighting first' about the role of United States 1st Infantry Division in various campaigns during World War II. A soldier of United States 1st Infantry Division. Combat boots of soldiers during the civil war and World War I. A map shows the 1st Infantry Division units moving across the Atlantic Ocean towards North Africa for Operation Torch in November, 1942. Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division go to England and loaded onto ships as they move to Africa. U.S. General Terry Allen aboard a ship. Infantrymen fire in Oran, Algeria. Aircraft in flight, explosions occur and a convoy of trucks on advance during the battle in Oran. 1st Infantry Division troops battle against Nazi General Rommel's armies in Tunisia, North Africa. In 1943, men of 1st Infantry Division load onto ships and arrive in Sicily. Troops advance into a town in Sicily after capturing it. Damaged houses in a city in Sicily.