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.
U.S. 8th Air Force air attacks against France during World War II. Aerial view of U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator aircraft in formation flight. A gunner mans a gun. On June 5, 1944 a B-24 airccraft releases bombs over Calais. The bombs fall in the English Channel. B-24 aircraft drop bombs to strafe enemy beach defenses on the coast of Calais. Billows of smoke rises after the bombs detonate. A convoy of Allied ships underway in the English Channel.
U.S. Paratroopers boarding C-47 aircraft, on June 5th, 1944 during World War 2. Huge naval task force underway in the English Channel. C-47s loaded with paratroopers taking off, the evening of June 5th. C-47s taking off towing gliders. Formations of C-47s and gliders passing over the Naval task force in the English Channel. Three pet dogs with troops on one of the ships.
A fleet of landing crafts and warships in the English Channel for the D-Day invasion of France during World War II. A swamped LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) sinks. The crew swims in the Channel. The crew is rescued. Landing crafts, merchant vessels and warships in the English Channel. A stalled DUKW is pulled ashore by a bulldozer.
Allied forces invading Normandy France, during World War 2. Formations of U.S. A-20 bombers from the 416th Bomb Group, in striped paint, fly over the Allied invasion task force in the English Channel. Allied warships begin bombarding the French coast. Allied troops climb down rope nets from their transport ships into landing craft, and head toward the beaches. A landing craft is struck and sinks with troops aboard. Troops on landing craft from the USS Bayfield (APA-33) hit the beach. U.S. soldiers on the beach being hit by German machine gun fire. Others seeking refuge under a cliff where they treat the wounded.