Destroyers patrol the English Channel during World War II. Freighters at sea. Smoke rises from a chimney. "Dover Patrol", Britain's speedy squadron of sub chasers, stands guard. Mounted guns on a deck. Troop on the deck prepare to drive U boat crew away from freighters and troop ships. Freighters and destroyers at sea.
Scene of a symbol which demonstrates man's desire for flight. Painting of Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine. Views of drawings of the attempts of man to fly. Photo of Clement Ader. Drawing of Ader's plane. Still photo of the first powered Wright Brother's plane. Still photo of one of Ader's planes. Photo of Louis Blériot. Gabriel Voisin's photo. Picture of Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Two French designers. Robert Esnault-Pelterie making a test by mounting a glider atop a truck. Gabriel Voisin towing a glider with boats on the Seine River. He stayed airborne for several seconds. Photo of Alberto Santos-Dumont. The plane in which he made several flights. A plane made by Gabriel Voisin "La Bagatelle" which was flown by his brother Charles Voisin. Scene of this flight. Henry Farman seated in plane. Several views depicting the first attempt to fly the English Channel. Three competitors were Count Lambert in a Wright Plane at Wissant, Hubert Lathan in Antionette IV at Sangatte and Louis Bleriot (winner) flying a monoplane of his own design from Los Baraques to Dover. Single of Bleriot's plane. Observers of the flight. The English Channel. The wreckage being salvaged by French boat. Wreckage of plane as it is lifted out of the channel. Wreckage being pulled down streets. Louis Bleriot walking on crutches. Bleriot standing in cockpit of plane prior to, attempting to fly the English Channel at Les Baraques. The takeoff. Observers watching the landing at Dover, England. Two men standing on roof top waving a flag. Field, tent and personnel at Dover, England where the landing was made. English people examining plane after landing. Ship on which Bleriot returned to France. Reception committee greeting him. Street scenes of his reception in Paris.
A film about the role of U.S. Navy Seabees in construction of artificial harbors in the English Channel during the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II. U.S. Navy Captain Clark, in charge of artificial harbors and Commander Calair, in charge of installing Phoenixes and pier heads in the English Channel. Ships underway in the English channel. Tugs at a harbor. Beetles being pulled. A tug prepares to tow a Phoenix. Men work on lines. Whales spread across the channel. Pier head at sea. A dumb barge underway at sea. A captain looks at the towing operation from the bridge of a vessel. Aircraft in flight. Crew aboard a phoenix. Gliders in flight above the convoy. A signalman sends a blinker signal. Animated diagram depicts the creation of an artificial harbor. First tow arrives at Normandy on June 6, 1944. Landing crafts at the Normandy beach. Artificial harbor being constructed. A bridge being completed and pier head being attached to it. Seabees at work.
British aircraft attacks German Minelayer underway in the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Animated map of English Channel. German Minelayer underway in the English Channel. German bomber aircraft in flight offer protection for minelayer. German sailor hoists signal flags. Man looks at stop watch aboard ship. Mines are dropped into sea. German sailors run to battle stations. Sailors man guns and antiaircraft guns. They fire at British bomber aircraft. Officer looks through binoculars.
London in Britain is bombed during the Battle of Britain of World War II. Smoke rises from the bombed portion of the city. British enlisted men and civilians walk around bombed buildings. Debris and rubble in the foreground. A bombed and gutted cathedral in London. The enlisted men look at the effects of the bombing. A bomb demolished building in the foreground. Rubble and debris on the streets. Civilians walk through the ruins of the bombed buildings. Bomb geysers of a bomb hit near an unidentified ship. Unidentified aircraft in formation fly through flask bursts. Bomb geysers of bomb bursts near the stern of a ship in the English Channel. The Cliff of Dover in the background. Bomb geysers of bombs near three ships in the English Channel. The coastline of the English Channel in the background.
World War 2. Britain and France declare war on Germany. German infantry carrying Panzerschreck antitank weapons.British mobilizing.Troops from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. British Queen Elizabeth class battleship with other warships. Animated map showing units of British fleet blockading Germany at Suez, Malta, Gibralter, the English Channel,and the North Sea. Adolf Hitler and German General staff,make war plans. Animated map shows European countries around Germany,Ice skatersnear Windmills in Holland. Farmers harvest grain. Bicyclists in Netherlands.Radio towers broadcast Nazi propaganda. Joseph Goebbels.Hitler denying intent to harm other countries. German military planners identify Norway as a target. Map shows German U-boats using Norwegian fjords. Map shows British fleet at Scapa Flow, and blockading ships in range from Norway. April 9, 1940, German army enters Copenhagen as Danes watch. German freighters in Norwegian ports smuggle troops and war materiel. German warships proceeding up Norwegian fjords, carrying troops and equipment. German Ju-87 and Ju-88 bombers and Me 109s in flight. Ju-88 over treetops. Junkers Ju-52 trimotors carrying German soldiers. Quislings seize power in Norway. Vidkun Quisling.Nazi posting rules for residents of Oslo.