Troops obtaining beaches in the European Theater during World War II. The white cliffs of Dover, England. Civil defense in operation. Civilians loading sand bags and erecting sand bag parapets around buildings. Home guard troops march up a road carrying rifles. They stand along a coastline looking out at sea. An English village. Guards walking up along a barbed wire fence erected on the outskirts of the village. A German coastal defense showing a camouflaged gun position. Observers, heavy concrete, coastal gun positions. Erection of a base for the coastal defense guns. A coastal defense gun in position. German anti-aircraft gun positions along the coastline. U.S. Marines coming in for a landing on an island. A landing craft. The Marines marching through water. Shells bursting along the coastline. Dead soldiers lying in a ditch along a road. U.S. Army General Mark Clark conferring with other officers. The crew of a United States Army Air Forces B 25 Mitchell aircraft being congratulated by U.S. Army General Douglas C. MacArthur. A landing craft going in towards a shore. The Marines unloading a landing craft along the shoreline. The Marines come in and establish a beachhead. Jeeps, field pieces, troops, and other war equipment and machinery on the beach.
Training and struggle of combat soldiers to obtain beaches in the European Theater during World War II. Combat soldiers sitting on sandy soil. Combat infantry soldiers undertake an obstacle course. Infantry soldiers undergo training. They come down the side of an imitation ship by means of rope ladders. A wooden frame structure resembling an LST (Landing Ship Tank). A Sergeant giving a signal for men to disembark from the LST, training for invasion. The soldiers crawl across muddy ditches. Machine guns are fired overhead. Shells bursting in the area. A soldier stretches himself in prone position across a barbed wire fence. Other soldiers using the GI as a stepping stone to cross the barbed wire fence. Several combat soldiers holding rifles which are used as a ladder for climbing a barbed entanglement.
Allied troops obtain beaches in the European Theater during World War II. Animation showing invasion route in Italy. A beachhead in Italy. Allied troops coming up onto a shore. Jeeps, marines and various other equipment on a beach. Temporary bridges erected out to the landing craft. Tanks being driven. A landing craft anchored off shore. Hill position, Salerno beach and Salerno town in Italy. Bombs exploding. Bombs exploding near a U.S. landing craft out in water. The landing craft sinks. U.S. freighters and a landing craft in water. Bombs exploding in water all around the ships. U.S. ships burning off shore. Tanks coming up from a shore. A tank driving through Salerno. Italian civilians and soldiers cheering the entry of American troops. The deck of an LST (Landing ship Tank) showing equipment as it approaches the shore.
U.S. General Hughes decorates Negro truck drivers in the European Theater of World War II. Negro soldiers arrive in truck. Major General E. S. Hughes decorates Negro truck drivers.
Dramatization about German artillery firing propaganda leaflets in the European Theater during World War II. German artillery fires propaganda leaflets towards U.S. soldiers. Two soldiers look at leaflets being fired at them, one of them is a Negro soldier. Writing on the leaflet reads, 'What will you get out of this war? Surrender ! Come over to us. Colored soldiers will be well treated in a German camp.' U.S. soldiers continue their attack. German officers surrender at Allied headquarters in France towards the end of World War II.
The history of West Point Military Academy. Battle memorials in Europe are shown. U.S. Army General John J. Pershing talks to soldiers. A soldier reads books in an army library. 'The 1909 Howitzer' written on a book. Books on shelves in the background. He reads about various soldiers and their achievements. The soldiers fire artillery. U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower talks to the soldiers. U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur discusses with other officials. The soldiers march on a field.