Maneuvers prior to D-Day landings in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. U.S. LCMs (Landing Crafts, Mechanized) and LCVPs (Landing Crafts, Vehicle, Personnel) move towards a beach. Other vessels in water. The shoreline of Scotland in the background. A cargo ship at a harbor. Snow covered hills in the background. Bow of USS Bayfield (APA-33) underway. A stern view of an LCM heading towards a beach. A man uses the flag semaphore system on the stern of a leading vessel.
Maneuvers prior to D-Day landings in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. A U.S. soldier sits on the stern of a landing craft underway. Many LCMs (Landing Crafts, Mechanized) underway. French LCMs underway. A French flag flying from the craft. The soldier sends a semaphore signal from an LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel). The coastline of Scotland in the background.
Maneuvers prior to D-Day landings in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. U.S. troops come onto the deck of USS Bayfield (APA-33). An LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Mechanized) pulls alongside USS Bayfield. The troops come up a cargo net. USS Bayfield in a harbor. Amphibious crafts in the foreground.
Maneuvers prior to D-Day landings in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. Landing crafts heading for a beach as seen from USS Bayfield (APA-33). U.S. troops come onto the deck of USS Bayfield. An LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Mechanized) alongside USS Bayfield. The deck of USS Bayfield showing troops. A boat crewman secures a line from an accommodation ladder. The troops walk up the ladder.
Close-up views of several different ships launching on firth of Clyde in Scotland. Closeup view of dirt or coal smeared faces of boys wearing hats and watching expectantly and with excitement as a ship readies for launch. British flag decorated on the deck of a ship. Dignitaries on grandstand including a woman (the sponsor) who smashes a bottle of champagne against the ship, christening it as it launches. Close views of the ship sliding down skids stern-first into the water. Change to view of a ship named "Rinovia" being launched from dry dock to water by tipping it to the side off dry dock. It slides off skids into the water and quickly rights itself. View of a medical ship named "Herdubreid " being launched. White cross symbol seen on the bow and the flag of Iceland waving on the bow, with sailors gathered around it. Clip includes several close up views of ship hulls and skids, anchors, propellers and areas of the lower stern of ships being launched.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.