Rail cars on the November, 1947 "Friendship Train," at a sea port in the U.S.A. Behind it is seen the funnel of the SS Exiria, of the American Export Lines. The camera moves around to show the Exiria, displaying a large American flag and words,"Friendship Food Ship," on her hull. A steam locomotive on train in France, delivering relief supplies, displays crossed American and French flags on it. Trucks on road in France, displaying French and American flags and pictures of the Freedom Train on their sides, with words:"Ravitaillement, offert spontanment au peuple de France à partir de peuple Americain." (Refueling, spontaneously offered to the people of France from American people.) The SS Exiria docked in an Italian port. A catholic priest and several nuns with a group of schoolboys, standing on the pier, wave American flags. Another group of schoolgirls, enthusiastically wave American flags. A large crowd waves several large Italian flags. President Harry S. Truman, at his desk on the White House, Washington, DC, signs the Economic Recovery Act of 1948 (AKA Marshall Plan). Secretary of State Marshall speaking in support of the legislation before Congress. Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, of Michigan, speaking in support of the bill.
Film titled ‘D-Day Convoy’ based on invasion of Normandy (D-Day) by Allied Forces during World War II. Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, and Prime Minister of UK Winston Churchill seated at Tehran Conference in December 1943. Other officials stand behind the big three. U.S. General George Marshall, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe Dwight Eisenhower and other officials seated at a conference table. Map of France details cross channel assault of France by Allied Forces. Map shows coastal locations to be attacked by Allies. Weapons and equipment from America pouring into England. U.S. soldiers arrive in England and train, for the invasion, on southern coast of England. U.S. B-26 bombers hitting German targets and smoke billowing up from exploding bombs. B-17 bomber in flight and bombs falling on German industrial targets. Gunners on B-17s defend against German fighter aircraft. American bomber explodes in flight after attack by German fighter airplane. German Messerschmitt fighter is destroyed. From edited film produced in 1947.
During invasion of France, in World War II. Allied troops land and advance in Normandy on D-Day. U.S. troops run across a beach. Troops disembark from assault boats and wade through surf toward beach. Soldiers rescue wounded soldiers from water. Wounded soldiers being helped out from water. Medics treat wounded soldier on beach. British troops arrive on beach with a team of medics. British troops advance inland. LCIs (Landing Craft Infantry) unload troops in the background. Allied reinforcement troops arrive on beach. Heavy engineering equipment on beach. Allied bombers drop bombs over enemy targets. From edited film produced in 1947.
From a recap of Allied actions leading to invasion of Normandy (D-Day) in World War II. Allied warplanes in flight as American and British seaborne forces head for rendezvous off the Isle of Wight. American B-26 and B-17 bombers in action. Ground targets in Normandy being bombed by Allied bombers. Invasion fleet makes dash across the English Channel. From edited film produced in 1947.
Recap ot the Allied invasion at Normandy, in World War II. Convoy reaches Normandy on D-Day. Allied fleet heads for Normandy beach. Blinker signals being given from ships. Naval ships start to fire broadsides and bombard coasts. Allied troops board landing crafts alongside ships. U.S. P-51 fighters and B-26s strafe flak towers, railroads, and canals in Normandy. Troops offload onto assault boats and landing craft. Rockets being fired from ships toward coastal positions of the enemy. Bombs being dropped over ground targets from Allied bombers. Smoke billows up from bomb explosions. Naval guns bombard a coast. From edited film produced in 1947.
This film shows numerous types and models of World War One aircraft in operation. It opens showing Allied airplanes preparing for a maximum air campaign in the battle of Saint Mihiel. View from inside a hanger as its flap opens and men push a Sopwith Camel airplane out onto airfield. Map of St Mihiel. American planes warm up on flight line in predawn, with flares burning at wingtips. Huge numbers of allied airplanes are marshaled on airfields throughout the theater of operations and begin taking off. Among them is a French Morane-Saulnier low wing monoplane. German fliers are seen loading small hand held bombs into the cockpit of their Albatross aircraft. Soldiers in combat on ground in "no man's land" during the battle of St. Mihiel. They take refuge in large shell and bomb craters and try to advance running between them.. Germans fliers dropping bombs, by hand, from airplane. Numerous Allied and German airplanes in aerial dogfights. American planes over clouds. American Observation balloon attacked in sky. Balloon in flames, and trailing black smoke as it falls to the ground. French flag flies at an airfield, where a nosed-over airplane sits, by a hangar, as airplanes fly overhead. Aircraft taxiing about in close quarters at airfield. Large formations of American airplanes flying overhead in a grand formation, following the Armistice, November 11, 1918 Then the film shifts dramatically from World War One to the post-WWII year of 1947. It illustrates the dramatic advances in warplanes since WWI by showing U.S. B-36 bombers and straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet fighters is formation.