Views of war games in Louisiana as American forces train for World War 2. Aircraft A-24s and A-20As dive bombing simulated invading forces. Cockpit point of view of pilot looking out as he simulates low dive bombing and strafing of a mechanized line. Troops, tanks and jeeps crossing pontoon bridge that spans the Sabine River. Jeeps are floated over the river using boat outriggers paddled by soldiers. Army tanks advancing through simulated artillery fire. Bombers overhead. Army forces in defensive positions during the training exercise held in Louisiana.
The United States Naval reservists and Marines aboard landing boats at Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. Landing boats underway. A huge crowd at the beach. U.S. aircraft in flight overhead. The sailors seize the bridgehead. Naval landing techniques demonstrated.
1940 Gridiron Football 'Sugar Bowl' match at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Players of Texas A&M Aggies and Tulane Green Wave play the match. Audience at stand watch match and cheer. Players on the field. People gather at a goal post on the field.
Test of Higgins Boats in Louisiana, United States. A 45 foot Higgins steel engine powered tank lighter boat in Lake Pontchartrain. People and tank on the boat. The panel of the boat opens and works as a landing ramp for the tank. The tank runs over the ramp and enters the water. The panel closes again.
Test of Higgins Boat in Louisiana, United States. A 45 foot Higgins steel engine powered tank lighter boat in Lake Pontchartrain. The boat hits the shore, lowers its bow ramp and a tractor drives off the boat on to the shore. The tractor drives away from the shore, and the boat moves away into the water. In different sequence, the empty boat comes to the shore and lowers its bow door ramp. The tractor arrives and backs onto the boat. A photographer takes closeup pictures during this process, With the tractor on board, the boat raises and closes its bow ramp door, and proceeds away carrying the tractor. The process is repeated.
(Note:This film is silent. But "motorboating" sound was inadvertently generated when its perforations were scanned. This background sound is heard continuously although the film is "silent.")
Test of Higgins Boats in Louisiana, United States. A 45 foot Higgins steel engine powered tank lighter boat in Lake Pontchartrain. The boat hits the beach. The ramp panel of the boat lowers down. People get on the boat and the panels closes.