Film opens showing map of Normandy, France. Next, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen seated in a jeep, conversing with an officer, standing nearby, who makes notes in a pad. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley sits in the back of the jeep, and a Major General stands beside the jeep. Other officers stand around in the background. Eisenhower converses with the Major General. Scene shifts to closeup of Lieutenant General George Patton. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers fly overhead, part of a two thousand plane bombarding the Saint-Lô area on July 25, 1944. Closeup of a B-24 dropping bombs and views of bombs exploding on the ground. American M4 Sherman tanks and infantrymen advancing after the bombardment. U.S. troops riding atop an M8 Greyhound armored cars and M4 tanks. Animated map shows the extent of U.S. advance from Saint-Lô encompassing the entire Breton Peninsula. Then, it shows American forces swinging North and around to the West, trapping German forces at Falaise. A Tiger tank, camouflaged in shrubbery, moving along a road, followed by motorcycle, and trucks full of German soldiers retreating from the trap at Falaise. Brief closeups of German soldiers in some of the vehicles. A German FW-190 fighter-bomber seen flying very fast and low toward the camera. An explosion. British and Canadian soldiers coordinating in the field, further South. A battery of Allied heavy guns firing from camouflaged positions. An American 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 (called M7 Priest by the British) firing from a wooded area. Shells exploding in the distance. German soldiers sheltering from the shelling. Fires burning. Allied jeep driving past knocked out German tanks. A field ambulance leads a long column of German prisoners of war. They march four a breast with hands clasped over their heads. A convoy of Allied heavy duty trucks bringing supplies from beachheads to the front lines. (World War 2; WW II; WW2)
Animated map depicts Allied and polish troops advancing toward Falaise, and American forces advancing toward Argentan, France, during World War 2. German forces stringing communications wire in the battle area. Allied forces setting up heavy field artillery.British typhoon aircraft being armed and taking off. U.S. Martin Marauder B-26 aircraft flying low overhead.US and British soldiers in fox holes waiting with weapons at the ready. Close-up of negro soldier's face. Suddenly, all artillery begins firing. A U.S. P-38 strafing and a P-47 aircraft dropping a bomb. U.S. artillery gun with "comment-Charlie" written on its barrel. Formation of British Avro 679 Manchester bombers in D-Day stripes. Allied pilot at controls in cockpit of bomber. Formation of U.S. Martin B-26 bombers in flight. Pilot in cockpit.Formation of British Hawker Typhoon aircraft.They peel off and two are seen firing rockets.American artillerymen firing heavy guns. British infantry pinned down on a roadside and firing mortars from foxholes.US troops firing mortars. German troops running to surrender. German soldiers surrendering under a white flag. Allied gun camera footage of a vehicle being strafed on a road.Several U.S. P-51s with striped wings roaring overhead. More surrendering German soldiers running forward. A U.S. B-26 bomber on bomb run with view of bombardier inside. Smoke and explosions scattered throughout the footage.
Map showing Cherbourg, and Caen, further up the peninsula, in France during World War 2.German forces preparing to defend Caen. Nazi SS troops and armored divisions moving into positions.Scenes of Allied forces battling for Caen (much at dusk or nighttime).Sky filled with Allied warplanes.Bombs falling and smoke rising from targets. British infantry crouched beside a road. British Avro Lancaster bomber in flight. Bombs exploding on the ground.Smoking ruins of buildings.1st Canadian Army troops moving into the wartorn city.Street-to-street and house-to-house fighting in Caen. Residents of Caen emerge from shelters onto streets, after fighting ceases.A small boy picks up an apple from the street and eats it. A soldier of the Polish 1st Division is seen. British 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats) and infantry advancing out of Caen. British forces in heavy fire fights with German defenders around Falaise.
The French 2nd Armored Division and British troops advance through Sees in France during World War II. Tanks pass wrecked military vehicles on the streets of Sees. Tanks and artillery advance. Soldiers on foot. A painted sign on the wall reads 'Falaise'. Troops drink cider being served by French civilians.
The French 2nd Armored Division and British troops advance through Sees in France during World War II. Tanks pass wrecked soldiers on the streets of Sees. War damage around. Soldiers on tanks. A painted sign on the wall reads 'Falaise'. Soldiers and tanks pass by the sign. Other military vehicles follow the tanks. Soldiers on tanks and motorcycles. Tanks move past a restricted district sign board amidst rubble on the ground.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.