'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton, Jr. Opening scene shows General George S. Patton, Jr. stepping from a landing craft in France, during World War 2. He stands by the side of a road and waves, as elements of his 3rd Army pass in tanks. Patton in a jeep moving with his troops. General Patton pointing with a baton, in North Africa. View of a world globe being circled by a satellite. A baby picture of Patton (called "Georgie"). Patton seen as a boy, fencing, as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. A smiling Patton at West Point. Members of the first football team for soldiers established by Patton. Renault tanks of the 1st Tank Battalion moving with AEF soldiers in World War I. Tank commander,Patton standing in front of a Renault tank. Group picture of American soldiers and tanks, at the Tank School, in Fort Meade, Maryland., after World War I. Closeup of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George S. Patton, in the group. Patton and his wife, Beatrice Banning Ayer, in Old West costumes, for a party, where he displays a pistol in his belt, and in costumes for another party, where they dress as a knight and his lady on horseback. American recruits and draftees being issued uniforms in World War 2. Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. commanding forces for the invasion of North Africa, in November, 1942. U.S. Navy warships fire their guns in advance of an amphibious landing. Landing craft heading toward shore. U.S. troops coming ashore at Casablanca, French Morocco. General Patton accompanied by French officers. Glimpse of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at their conference in Casablanca in 1943. Patton riding in an armored car with three-star flag displayed. Artillery firing in battle of Tunisia. Lt. Gen. Patton and others observing operations. British General, Sir Harold Alexander, steps from a light airplane to meet with General Patton in North Africa. They converse. Patton and another officer looking through binoculars from a ridge by the village of El Guettar, as allies engage German troops and armor from the 10th Panzer Division. M3 Lee tanks moving in the desert. Knocked out tanks of the German 10th Panzer Division. General Patton coming aboard an American warship, and then standing with an Italian officer and a U.S. Major General. Allied naval bombardment at night. Patton observing though binoculars. Allied warships bombarding Sicily. Allied amphibious forces heading ashore in landing craft. Troops moving ashore. Closeup of troops in a landing craft. Glimpse of Patton in a landing craft. Troops walking across floating dock from a landing ship. U.S. flag flying in sand at beachhead. Landing ships in background. General Patton stepping ashore from small boat, and conversing onshore with a Brigadier General and some troops.
Allied soldiers keep watch in Morocco North Africa. Soldiers keep vigil from within the walls of some ruins. Soldiers use binoculars and a telescope to survey the surrounding landscape through holes in the ruin walls. A soldier smokes a pipe as they share information and notes. A soldier on a field radio. Soldiers seated and standing around in a military camp as they have refreshments in military cups.
Lt. General Carl Spaatz and Major General James Doolittle of the United States Twelfth Air Force, along with Colonel Willis, as well as other American officers at a presentation ceremony of Curtiss P-40 aircraft to French Major-General Bergeret and other French officers. Excellent close-up views of Spaatz and Doolittle. The P-40 Warhawk planes are presented by U.S. to the French Lafayette Escadrille in Morocco. Several P-40s lined outside a hangar. A C-47 Skytrain "Gooney Bird" in the background. The Lafayette Escadrille squadron insignia, French Air Service insignia, and the French tricolor painted on the planes. Soldier walks past the airplanes. The military band with bombers in the background. United States and French officers talk as they hold a cut out of the squadron insignia.
Major General James Doolittle and Lt. General Carl Spaatz of the United States Twelfth Air Force, Colonel Willis, as well as French Major-General Bergeret and other American and French officers attend ceremonies at the presentation of Curtiss P-40 Warhawk planes by the U.S. Army Air Forces to the French Lafayette Escadrille in Morocco during World War II. American troops parade before a hangar. Officers stand in front of P-40 planes lined up near the hangar. The band plays in the parade. French Moroccan horsemen. Officers salute the American and French flags. Opening cameraman slate indicates January 9, 1942, but this is an error as the event took place on January 9, 1943.
Seventy five U.S. Army Curtiss P-40L airplanes are ferried across the Atlantic Ocean to within flying range of Morocco, North Africa, by the Aircraft Carrier, USS Ranger (CV-4), during World War 2. U.S. Army Air Force pilots prepare to fly the P-40s to the former Vichy French Anfa Airport near Casablance, captured by the Allies in Operation Torch. The Army pilots and support personnel are seen being briefed on the flight deck. Navy deck crews help move a P-40 into position. USAAF 57th Fighter Group commander, Colonel Frank H. Mears shakes hands with a navy officer from the cockpit of his P-40. Carrier officer seen signaling for take off. Colonel Mears takes off. More P-40s follow. Navy officers and sailors watch the departing P-40s and give thumbs up for approval. The P-40s buzz the carrier as they form up to depart.
Allied Forces fight the Axis Powers in North Africa during World War II. Anfa Hotel in Casablanca. Scenes of Casablanca Conference. Various dignitaries like American President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Churchill, General de Gaulle, General Giraud, General Eisenhower, General Alexander and Admiral Cunningham present at the conference. A meeting between General de Gaulle and General Giraud. Dignitaries in a room. General Eisenhower, British General Alexander, British Admiral Cunningham and British Air Chief Marshal Tedder. Allied officers work together. President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. Churchill visits General Montgomery. Animated map shows Mareth line. General Rommel, German and Italian troops behind the Mareth line. German tanks and planes. Animated map show the course of the battle. Allied troops move past destroyed and abandoned German tanks. German Tiger tanks. Allied soldiers fire at the German tanks with British antitank guns. German tank burns.