Overseas activities of U.S. Coast Guard in World War 2. View from ship bow in heavy North Atlantic seas. A map shows Greenland. U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard Cutter in Greenland waters with mountains and snow behind. U.S. Coast Guard officers conferring with Danish Naval officer. James K. Penfield, first United States consul in Greenland, being brought ashore by U.S. Coast Guard officers. Coast Guardsmen supplying food and supplies to natives of Greenland. Views of Greenland's Cryolite mine with men rappelling down its sides. Coast Guardsmen, released from U.S. service, and employed as armed guards, by the Government of Greenland, are seen protecting the Cryolite mine. Topographic survey of Greenland being conducted by Coast Guard personnel. Coast Guard two-place Bi-wing float plane is seen at rest in harbor and then later taking off.. U.S. Coast Guardsmen install, and test fire,a 3 inch gun, to protect a Greenland harbor. Coast guardsmen capture and occupy radio stations planted by Germans in Greenland. Newspaper from December 14,1944 describes how three German Arctic expeditions were broken up by the U.S. Coast Guard. A ship is torpedoed and burns in convoy of ships in North Atlantic Captain of another ship observes through binoculars. Several crew members are rescued from a raft. Coast Guard Cutter fires depth charges. Ships fire deck guns and antiaircraft guns against enemy. Destroyer Escort Savage (DE-386) at sea, manned by U.S. Coast Guard crew.. Admiral Russell R. Waesche decorates Coast Guardsmen. Coast Guard Cutter "Hamilton", the first American warship torpedoed in the Atlantic in WWII. Commandant Russell Waesche gives a statement in Washington D.C.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutters on patrol in waters off Greenland in World War 2. Views of icebergs. The cutter 'Northland' trapped in pack ice. A party of crew members drag a depth bomb across the ice to explode and clear the way ahead. Off the coast of Shannon Island, American guns fire at a German trawler. Coast Guardsmen launch an amphibious assault against Shannon Island, and capture Germans at an outpost on the Greenland site. High powered radio equipment and weather instruments captured from weather stations. Small boats carry German prisoners -- the crew of German trawler captured by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Chart showing U.S. Coast Guard routes across the North Atlantic during World War Two. Scenes of the rugged Greenland landscape. Views of the Greenland Cryolite mine. A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter berthed at the pier near the mine. Greenlanders working in the open pit cryolite mine with jackhammers and steam shovels. U.S. Coast Guard officers seated, conferring with Danish Naval officer. James K. Penfield, first United States consul in Greenland looks on and interjects a comment, while pointing at a map. Supplies being transferred to a Greenland small boat. Two German meteorologists pose by their small weather station. German flag seen in background. View inside the German weather station, shows instruments, clip boards, weather maps, and radio equipment.
Native Inuit people of Greenland seen on beds in Greenland. An outdoor porch lined with beds and women in the beds. A nurse tucks a child into bed with his mother. Other beds are occupied by Greenland native women. Inuit men, women and children watch an animated comic movie about Humpty Dumpty.
Board of 'Thule Air Base Greenland' over building at Thule Air Base. C-54 Skymaster being loaded with gas, blasting powder and other supplies for Nord Station in Greenland. C-54 Skymaster takes off from Thule Air Base. View of snow covered peaks and rivers on ground. C-54 Skymaster lands at Nord Station in Greenland. Goods unloaded from the aircraft and gas pumped into tanks.
Colonel Charles Lindbergh and his wife survey air route in Greenland. They stopped on their aerial trip to study the flying conditions. Iceberg seen in water. Several native people of Greenland aboard a vessel. Colonel Charles Lindbergh and his wife, pilot kayaks. Native people of Greenland celebrate his visit.