Two P-47D aircraft raise considerable dust as they make a formation takeoff from Advanced Landing Ground, A-12, at Lignerolles, France, during World War 2. They are painted with white invasion stripes Change of scene shows P-47D, tail number 42-27603, of the 362nd Fighter Group, 378th Fighter Squadron, parked on stiffened steel mesh (Sommerfeld Tracking) at the field. The aircraft is under armed guard. Its tail wheel appears to be sunk below the steel mesh. A motorcycle is parked beside the aircraft. Airmen walk around the airplane, looking at battle damage that is seen on leading edge and aileron of its right wing. Two holes are seen in the fuselage below the cockpit. A Military policeman examines the holes in the fuselage. Camera shows accidental closeup of steel mesh on the field that appears to be the square-mesh track variety (SMT). Glimpse of a P-47D making a dusty takeoff.
Allied invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. U.S. General Joseph McNarney, Deputy Chief of Staff at a desk as he outlines the importance of June 6, 1944 the day Allied forces attacked the Germans in Normandy. He speaks about the decision to knock down the Nazis first and then the Japanese during the World War. He says that the invasion of Normandy was planned in November 1943. He also states how General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, planned and executed the invasion. He also speaks about how the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Forces aircraft bombarded the coasts of Normandy prior to the D Day invasion. Past events show American soldiers getting onto landing crafts in England as they leave for the invasion. The soldiers aboard the ships in the English Channel. The soldiers read the Bible and comics, sleep and cook aboard the ships. On June 5th , 1944 the ships head towards Normandy for the invasion. In England gliders carrying paratroopers take off from an airfield to bombard the German positions in Normandy. The soldiers receive ration and work on motorbikes. TNT ( trinitrotoluene )being loaded. The soldiers check their guns and other weapons prior to the invasion. Jeep and artillery being loaded onto aircraft.
One month after D-Day, Allied forces continue advances across Normandy,France. German General and high ranking staff surrender to U.S. Major General Lawton Collins. U.S. artillery pounds German positions. On shell has 'Happy 4th Adolph' written on it. General Eisenhower greets and American soldier in the field, as Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, stands nearby. Church bells ring and French population celebrates Bastille Day (July 14th). American soldiers join in dancing at a town square during the celebrations. U.S, troops march along a road, one wearing a bowler hat. U.S. troops, firing machine guns, mortars, and recoiless rifles engage the Wehrmacht 352nd Division and other German defenders in costly battles amongst the hedgerows of Normandy. German troops surrendering. Wounded U.S. troops being treated. U.S. Sherman tanks and infantry moving along the hedgerows. A fallen U.S. soldier inside a hedgerow. U.S. troops enjoy a lull in battle. One naps in a farm field, while another chases a chicken. One GI reads the Stars & Stripes newspaper and another reads a letter from home. Several U.S. soldiers bathe in a creek while being protected by armed sentries.
Former U.S. war correspondents in Normandy, France to mark the 25th anniversary of Allied invasion of France during World War II. Correspondents outside a cafe near Normandy as they prepare to leave a luncheon. Retired General J. Lawton Collins is escorted by a uniformed U.S. Army officer to a waiting car. View of the Normandy coastline from a moving car. American flag on the bonnet of a car as it drives along the road. Graves at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Wife of a correspondent walks amidst graves at the cemetery. Grave of Wesley J. Rubenstein with a Star of David Jewish headstone. An F-4E Phantom aircraft in flight overhead. American and French flags hoisted at the cemetery. Correspondents tour the cemetery. View of a plaque ad time capsule unveiled by the correspondents and presented that day. It says, "In memory of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the forces under his command, this sealed capsule containing news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy Landings is placed here - by the newsmen who were there. June 6, 1969." A man with a baby tied to his back. Correspondents speak during the ceremony. A photographer clicks pictures.
June 9, 1944. Sand flats seen at Normandy, France, at low tide. The World War 2 Allied invasion force has fought its way inland. Beached landing craft and destroyed buildings. German steel beach obstacles have been stacked out of the way. U.S. Sherman DD tank sunk in sand. Badly damaged LCT-25 on the beach at Normandy, with her cargo of half-tracks still aboard and remains of the first one off, sitting at her ramp where it was hit by a German shell. Higgins Boat riddled with bullet holes. Scene shifts to January,1944.US troops descend from a troop transport ship into LCT-504 for practice maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay. Troops hit the beach in Higgins Boats driven by U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Attack Transport ship, USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).US troops boarding ships to England, in February, 1944. Views of live aboard transport ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.Coast Guardsmen near weapons at duty stations. Troops quartered aboard a transport with four levels of bunks.Soldiers passing the time: playing cards, napping, reading and writing letters, and sewing clothes. Troops line the deck of the transport ship,USS Bayfield (APA-33), as she approaches port in England. Landing craft from the Bayfield, carrying troops, are seen in assault training exercises in England.Troops wading ashore during training. Coast Guard officers and sailor are seen aboard larger landing ships in exercises.Coast Guard officer smoking a cigar, as landing craft from the Samuel Chase speeds away after landing troops ashore. Trucks drive ashore from landing craft. Scene shifts to May, 1944 and a formation of B-24 aircraft dropping bombs on enemy targets in Europe.
U.S. Army soldier reads newspaper while listening to radio. Soldiers doing their respective chores, listen to AFN (American Forces Network) Radio. General Marshall and General Eisenhower announce the creation of AFN, in 1942. July 4, 1943, the first broadcast of AFN. General Eisenhower mingling with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, on the eve of D-day. U.S. B-26 aircraft in flight. United States soldiers aboard landing craft and wading ashore at Normandy, France, on D-day, June 6, 1944. Soldiers tuning radios in the field. United States Sherman tanks and infantry move along country road in France. Audio includes portions from AFN broadcasts, including an announcer saying "You are listening to AFN Paris. This is the American Forces Network, on the road to Berlin." Road sign points to St. Lo. Group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a jeep with a radio, listening to AFN, in Germany.