Allied Operation Dragoon during World War 2. Invasion convoy of ships heading to French coast, on August 15, 1944. Three divisions of the United States 7th Army make amphibious landing on the coast, and proceed rapidly into interior of France. U.S. Sherman tanks entering the French city of Lyon on September 3, 1944. Local newspaper headline about the city's liberation . Infantry of the 7th Army moving through destroyed French towns. U.S. infantry and armor (Sherman tanks) fire at German positions in a French village.
Allied forces invading Normandy France, during World War 2. Formations of U.S. A-20 bombers from the 416th Bomb Group, in striped paint, fly over the Allied invasion task force in the English Channel. Allied warships begin bombarding the French coast. Allied troops climb down rope nets from their transport ships into landing craft, and head toward the beaches. A landing craft is struck and sinks with troops aboard. Troops on landing craft from the USS Bayfield (APA-33) hit the beach. U.S. soldiers on the beach being hit by German machine gun fire. Others seeking refuge under a cliff where they treat the wounded.
U.S. troops wade ashore at Omaha Fox Green Beach on D-Day, from landing craft of USS Samuel Chase (APA 25). .An idyllic English village, June 5, 1944. C-47 aircraft towing a Waco CG-4 glider over shelters made of wooden shipping containers. "Shanty Town" written atop one tall structure. Glider being pulled out a shipping container. Soldiers moving into empty shipping container. Glimpse of their homemade barrack. soldiers eating a meal inside a shipping container shelter. Soldiers at barber shop. German defenses on French coast. German gun crews drilling. German rail gun. Animated map of German fortifications. Allied officers, including U.S. Major General Lewis Hyde Brereton, Commander, 9th Air Force and British Air Marshal Arthur Coningham, Commander, 2nd Tactical Air Force, in D-day planning. Airborne troops board buses and arrive at restricted airfields. Troops playing in jazz band; exercising on field; and playing volleyball. Paratroopers reading mail. Airmen painting D-day stripes on C-47. French francs issued to paratroopers. Troopers sharpen knives and bayonets. Chaplains conduct religious services. General Dwight D. Eisenhower visiting 101st Airborne troopers. Airborne Pathfinders. Paratroopers march to C-47s, and don parachutes. Troopers of the 101st Airborne,506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company Demolition Section ("Filthy 13") in their Mohawk Indian haircuts. Clarence Ware puts war paint on Charles Plaudo, using still-wet paint from their C-47's D-day stripes. Heavily laden paratrooper help one another board airplanes. Pathfinder C-47s taking off at dusk, followed by all others, on June 5, 1944. formations of C-47s. Closeup of several planes. Paratroopers exiting C-47s. Formation of towed gliders. Gliders landing in field. Troops from gliders engaging in fire fights. Naval gun barrage.
British Destroyers on patrol off the coast of France. View of Landing Craft underway against early sun. A Patrol Boat (PT) on patrol. Aircraft lookouts scan the skies for any threat from above.
German armored vehicles on French Coast during World War 2 occupation of France. A map shows French Coast in European Theater. Camouflaged German Panther and Tiger I tanks travel on roads near French Coast. Tanks loaded with German soldiers. Artillery is fired. Smoke rises up. Troops walk along the road. German Puma armored car passes along the road. German troops advance through woods and take prisoners.
Allied Air Front invasion bombers of the 9th Air Force of United States Army Air Force raid French coasts, during World War II. B-26 planes take off from a base during dawn and bomb Nazi targets on French coast. Nazi antiaircraft guns fired at them and a plane gets crippled by it. The pilot returns and makes crash landing at the base. Airmen rush for help. The airmen ready planes for another raid on the Nazi French invasion coast. Guided bombs dropped from the bombers destroy Nazi bases. Commanding officer of the 9th Air Force, Major General Lewis H Brereton from the war room in England speaks about the success of Allied bombers in Europe.