United States Army Field Artillery Battalion of 92nd Infantry Division (Colored), "Buffalo Soldiers," equipped with tractor-drawn 8-inch Howitzers, in Mantes-Gassicourt, France during World War 2. African American soldiers of fire control group observe town below, from vantage point on overlooking hill. One of them looks through a periscopic binocular telescope. Others look through ordinary binoculars. Closeup of a Master Sergeant looking through binoculars. Camera pans across the valley, town, and agricultural fields below. Camera focuses briefly on Collegiate Church of Our Lady of Mantes (Notre Dame de Mantes) in Mantes-la-Jolie and then shifts to battery of 8 inch howitzers firing from camouflaged positions in foliage. Gun crews step away as each howitzer fires, and then rush back to reload and fire again. (Note: These batteries are likely from the 795th or the 999th Field Artillery Battalion)
United States Army Field Artillery Battalion of 92nd Infantry Division (Colored), "Buffalo Soldiers," equipped with tractor-drawn 8-inch Howitzers, in Mantes de Gassicourt, France during World War 2. Opening scene shows an 8-inch howitzer shell on a stand. It has the words: "Harlem to Hitler" written on it in chalk. A gunner screws a fuse into its nose. Closeup of the shell and chalk message. Four soldiers then pick up the shell and walk it towards the breech of their 8-inch howitzer. Cloeup of the gun breech as gunner locks breech and then unlocks and opens it for the camera. Scene shifts to gun crew member communicating on field telephone. Camouflage netting is visible behind him. Next, a gun crew member is seen holding his ears as if to protect against the noise of a gun firing. Change of scene shows members of gun crew relaxing near their 8-inch howitzer, near a grove of trees. New scene shows brief glimpse of a shell exploding in hill above Mantes. (The tower of the Mantes Notre Dame cathedral is seen in lower left of the shot.) (Note: These scenes probably show members of the 795th or the 999th Field Artillery Battalion)
United States Army soldiers in France during World War II. Lieutenant General Geo S. Patton and Major General I.T. Wyche. A sign reads ' Mantes La Ville ' . American soldiers walk down a street with damaged houses on the two sides. Soldiers on vehicles pass through Mantes. A sign reads ' St Germain 31, Paris 40 '.
United States 79th Infantry Division troops in assault boat on the Seine River at the town of Limay France, during operations for the liberation of Mantes, France. The 90th Infantry Division troops bring a wounded German prisoner and his motorcycle across the Seine River in the assault boat. While traveling on motorcycle (seen being unloaded from boat), the German soldier had been hit by fire from Sergeant Harril (seen standing over him with his rifle in the boat). The U.S. soldiers attend to the prisoner and put him on a stretcher. The soldier chewing gum who is standing while the boat is crossing the Seine, and moves the motorcycle off the boat and then assists the injured German soldier disembarking from the boat is Lieutenant Stockridge Bacchus, from "A" Company of the 314th Infantry Regiment of the 79th U.S. Infantry Division.
American soldiers of a Field Artillery Battalion in the 92nd Infantry Division (Colored), "Buffalo Soldiers," are seen at their 8-inch howitzer emplacement, among trees near Mantes-Gassicourt, France during World War 2. Their M4 high speed tractor is parked nearby and two soldiers unload 8-inch shells from it. One hands them to the other who uses his feet to roll them off the back of the tractor where they fall to the ground, which is covered in straw grass cuttings. Other soldiers roll the heavy shells away. Next, gun crew members are seen relaxing around their gun, which is hard to see against the foliage behind. The crew commander, an Army Captain, is seated on the ground reviewing documents, while a young soldier digs into the turf with a long-handled shovel. A number of 8-inch shells is arrayed on the ground. Closeup of the soldier digging with the shovel. View of other gun crew members relaxing, including some playing cards. Closeup of some card players. (Note: This gun crew is likely from the 795th or the 999th Field Artillery Battalion)