The role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. U.S. shuttle ships loaded with signal communication supplies for U.S. and Allied troops in the European Theater make their way in the Atlantic ocean. The Squier Laboratory at Camp Alfred Vail in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. A technician works on signal communication equipment in the laboratory. U.S. soldiers use mine detectors in the European Theater during World War II. The mine detectors detect metallic, non-metallic mines, wooden box mines, and mines in glass containers. Artillery soldiers bury large microphones into the ground in advance zones. The microphones relay back information on enemy artillery. Soldiers receive the information on radio sets. U.S. aircraft on a training flight simulating real combat situation: The aircraft lost in heavy rain and rough weather, looking for the location of Boston. The pilot switches on a modern advanced radar. The radar waves pierce thick clouds, are reflected by Earth's surface and display an image on the scope. The image shows the clear location of Boston harbor directly under the aircraft. U.S. bombers attack over the Channel coast on D-Day (6 June, 1944). U.S. soldiers employ meteorological equipment for long range weather forecast in the European Theater during World War II. Soldiers release a hydrogen balloon into the sky. Another soldier uses an apparatus to take readings of atmospheric conditions behind enemy lines. An aircraft drops an automatic weather station called SCM-18-TI by parachute into enemy territory. The timed mechanism sends out weather data in codes. The interior of the automatic weather station lying open in a field.
A film titled: 'Operation Titanic' on U.S. shuttle bombing operations over Germany from bases in Great Britain, Italy and Russia during World War II. United States Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses in flight. Several aircraft flying in formation leaving behind smoke trails. German military installations are bombed on June 2, 1944. Aerial view of a target area. Smoke rising up from bombardment. An aircraft crashes. Railroad and marshaling yards are also bombed. United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator flying in formation on June 21, 1944. German factories are bombed. The airplanes fly in formation and bomb targets in Berlin. Railroad stations and other targets are also bombed. Several German airplanes are shot down. The B-17s and B-24s bombing the targets. Synthetic oil plants and refineries are bombed at Ruhland Germany, east of Leipzig. Planning for the operation was done on December 7, 1943. A document about the operation is typed. Animated map shows Nazi positions and strategies followed during the operation.
German troops advance on the Eastern Front during World War 2. Russians employ scorched earth policy . Oil tanks ablaze and dams and structures blown up. Germans lay siege to Stalingrad. A Soviet troops in urban combat in Stalingrad. A German soldier is shot and falls. Views of awful destruction. Animated map showing Leningrad and the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga on either side. Views of Leningrad in snow. Citizens bundled against the cold, walk near historic structures. Food being distributed. Soviet troops in defensive positions. Animated map shows outbreak of Soviet forces in pincer movement that surrounds the German 6th Army. Two Soviet armies meet as they close the pincer. German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendering to Soviet forces on 31 January 1943. Troops of the German 6th Army make their way through the snow as they surrender. Battlefield cemetery, with markers of German soldier's graves. Numerous Soviet citizens, victims of the fighting, seen lying in the snow, as relatives grieve. Scene shifts to the Pacific theater with view of Japanese bombers flying over an installation flying the Rising Sun flag. Scenes of the Pearl Harbor attack. American workers fill yard near a war plant during shift change. Defense industry workers in the plants. Liberty ships being launched. American forces in amphibious assaults. U.S. forces engaged in North Africa and on Pacific islands. American soldiers at battlefield gravesite. General Dwight D. Eisenhower with General Omar Bradley and Allied military leaders, look over a map of Europe, following the June 6th invasion in Normandy. Fields filled with Sherman tanks and other war materiel, in England. The wing of an American airplane in D-day stripes as it takes off. Views from cockpit of an American bomber striking targets on D-day. B-17 bombers in formation at high altitude, leaving condensation trails in the sky. Pilots in cockpit of an American bomber, as they drop bombs. Allied fighters in D-day stripes peeling off to attack. Gun camera views of fighters strafing German targets. Explosions and fires.
'Normandy: Air borne invasion of fortress Europe ' Allied invasion of Normandy. Lieutenant General William S Knudsen introduces the film to be presented, expressing thanks to makers of the glider aircraft used in the invasion, who are the intended audience of the film. Field Order no1, 9th Troop commander Carrier. A man puts a Top Secret seal on the order. The Captain of United States 82nd Air Borne Division briefs men about the terrain with the help of a mosaic. A map of Europe shows principle cities of the continent. The Map also shows coastal defenses on European continent. A giant concrete coastal gun emplacement. A large German railroad coastal gun moved out of a concrete shelter. Various concrete structures, sandbag structures of coastal guns. A concrete base gun turret revolves. Huge coastal guns protrude from concrete gun emplacements. Huge steel and concrete tank barriers stretched across. Large concrete and steel structures built along the coast to prevent assault craft from landing. Combined Chiefs of staff of the United Nations at a meeting. George Marshall and Henry Arnold at the head of the table during the meeting. A map shows invasion area near Le Harve. Troop Carrier units departing for Allied invasion on Sicily, Africa on 10 July, 1943. The United States C-47 aircraft take off towing gliders from an airfield in Africa. Troops transported from British 1st Air Borne division and United States 82nd Air Borne division. Dust rises as aircraft take off from a desert field. Demolished gliders on field and beside water. Multiple views of demolished gliders. C-47 in flight and paratroopers jump from the plane in New Guinea. Instructor trains paratroopers in United States. Discussion and demonstration of improvements in glider equipment and usage after Sicily Invasion and prior to D-Day Normandy invasion. Two men attach link nose chain to glider. Parachute extended and held open by men. Pilot of a glider talks to the pilot of the plane towing the glider over intercom.
English battleship underway at sea. Franklin D Roosevelt holds arm of son James as he is greeted by Churchill. Roosevelt and Churchill in conference. Other officials in the background. Various battle views at outbreak of WWII like troops marching and fire on ships near coast. Explosion on ships. President Roosevelt addresses Congress. President Roosevelt and Churchill in conference with other officials. Views in factories. Arms factories in operation. Lathes run. General industrial views. Other officials in the background. U.S. troops going aboard transport on way to European theater. Troops wave as transport leave harbor. Conference between high ranking officers including General Omar N Bradley and General Dwight D Eisenhower. Convoy at sea. Ships fire on European coast as they go on invasion. Allied troops at the beachhead. Allied aircraft in flight. Explosions on field. Artillery fired.
38th and 338th Fighter Squadron P-38H's taxi round perimeter track at Nuthampstead and take-off down main runway. Some of the planes take off in pairs and others singly. Among those seen are , Lt. Jerry Ayers' P-38H coded CG-Q and Lt. Stanley Richardson's P-38H coded CL-X. Views of 55th Fighter Group P-38H planes escorting 91st Bomb Group B-17Fs in European Theater of Operations. Flights of P-38 planes position themselves to protect B-17 formations. Crew officers (including Capt. Hancock of the 38th FS) observe the activities from ground. The P-38s return to land. One P-38 releases drop tank over the airfield before landing.