German panzers and infantry preparing to defend against advancing American forces by cutting their supply routes from the coast of France,following the invasion of Normandy. Animated map shows Allied and German opposing objectives converging at mortain, France. American armor bogged down near Mortain. An American crew abandoning a Sherman tank that has been hit and is burning. American infantry taking cover at side of a road. A U.S. Army Captain leading soldiers forward. German artillery fire striking center of a road. An American armored vehicle burning in a field. U.S. infantrymen moving cautiously through fields. Wounded American soldiers being carried off the battlefield on stretchers. British Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter bombers attacking German positions with rockets from above. RAF Typhoon aircraft being rearmed and continuing to attack large concentrations of German armored units North of Mortain. American infantrymen firing numerous mortars from a field.American soldiers firing rifles, bazookas, and machine guns.US M7 Priest self-propelled gun firing. U.S. M-16 anti-aircraft halftrack firing quad .50 caliber machine guns. U.S. infantry entering war torn town of Mortain.
U.S. soldiers in Mortain, France during World War II. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry, 30th Division move through the ruins of Mortain. Rubbled buildings, wrecked American trucks and tanks along road side. Troops walking through the town. A memorial to the people of Mortain who died in World War I. A wrecked American jeep and a tank at a stone wall. Weary soldiers leaning against the wall. Other sit along the curb.
The role of United States 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) in various campaigns in Europe during World War II. United States 1st Infantry Division men fight in France as they advance further inland into the country. Soldiers relax, get a haircut and write a letter back home to their families. On July 25th , 1944 German aircraft launch an air attack. Infantrymen fight in the streets of a city in France. Combat engineers plant land mines. 1st Infantry Division soldiers enter Coutance, Mortain, Etampes, Meaux and Soissons. Soldiers around a monument at the Belgium border. 1st Infantry soldiers advance towards Aachen. Tanks fire as soldiers fight against the Germans in Aachen. Men on a machine gun. On October 25th 1944 Aachen surrenders to the Allies. Nazi banner lying in a street.
Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division training in England under General Clarence R Huebner, in preparation for the D-Day Normandy invasion. U.S. Navy ships underway at sea. Heavy naval guns bombard the coast of France on D-Day. U.S. Army soldiers seen during assault on Omaha beach with heavy losses on D-DAy. U.S. soldiers and tanks encounter heavy German resistance in the "hedge rows." American soldiers digging trenches with shovels and picks and treating wounded comrade. Dead German soldier lying in street as Americans enter the town of Caumont (Caumont l'Eventé). Frenchman civilian pours wine for American soldier after they liberated Caumont l'Eventé from the entrenched German forces. An American helps a French civilian woman to reach a safe place crossing rubble. Damaged French houses along the sides of street. During rest, a soldier gives another a haircut, and another writes a letter. U.S. Air Force B-17s fly overhead and bomb near St. Lo, France on July 25, 1944. Other U.S. Army artillery units, the 4th and 9th Divisions, and General Patton's tanks provided support so the 1st Infantry (First Infantry or Big Red One) could occupy the area. Army combat engineers dig up mines and use construction equipment to clear debris. Wrecked houses and rubble. U.S. soldiers keep advancing through towns and eat and rest as they can. Road sign reads: "Coutances." First Infantry goes through Mortain, Etampes, Meaux, Soissons and across the Belgian border. German prisoners of war walk with their hands raised. German soldier digging out of fox hole. Siegfried Line and dragons teeth. Strong German resistance encountered at Aachen. Tanks fire in the field. House to house fighting in Aachen. Surrender of Aachen. A German flag laying in the street is run over by a U.S. military vehicle. German resistance is heavy during battle scenes in Battle of Hürtgen Forest. German and American artillery are seen in Hurtgen Forest. U.S. wounded treated. The 1st Division is pulled out for rest at the rear, in Belgium.
Advanced Command Post of U.S. 3rd Armored Division Combat Command A in Mortain, France during World War II. Soldiers set up posts. A soldier loads maps in a jeep. Men carry maps and equipment. A man digs a dugout. A soldier receives a haircut. Jeeps parked in tree shade.
Advanced Command Post of U.S. 3rd Armored Division Combat Command A in Mortain, France during World War II. A bag under a tree. Soldiers receive their pay. An officer is interviewed by a correspondent. Soldiers wearing helmets wash clothes. A soldier comes out of a dugout. Interiors of the dugout. The officer is interviewed by the correspondent. Soldiers fix a flat tire. They clean weapons. A soldier talks over a field telephone. A soldier cleans his pistol. Two soldiers sit under a camouflaged net. Soldiers make coffee.