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U.S. Army officers and war correspondents at the bombed, abandoned French Chateau de Pont-Rilly during World War II after D-Day

Uniformed U.S. war correspondents and U.S. Army officers explore the house and grounds of the French Chateau de Pont-Rilly, in Négreville near Normandy France, soon after the Invasion of Europe. (The chateau was designed in 1765 by architect Pierre-Raphaël de Lozon for the Marquis d'Ourville). U.S. Army officers in the balcony of the mansion overlooking the entrance. Exteriors of the palatial chateau. A large bomb hole is visible in the roof, right of the main entrance. A French boy points out something distant on the grounds of the Chateau. A swan in a pond. Exteriors of the mansion. At the end of July 1944, near the time this footage was shot, the chateau became the headquarters of Advance Section of Com Z, also known as "ADSEC" (Advance Section, Communications Zone).

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Allied troops aboard ships and gliders head for Normandy, France for the D day invasion during World War II.

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.

Date: 1944
Duration: 6 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Allies continue push across Normandy in summer of 1944, during World war II

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.

Date: 1944, July
Duration: 3 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Former war correspondents visit Normandy American cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France and present a time capsule

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.

Date: 1969, June 6
Duration: 3 min 29 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. Coast Guard activities preparing for the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II

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.

Date: 1944
Duration: 4 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Canadian troops wade ashore from landing craft on Juno Beach in Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

View of Canadian troops on D-Day huddled in a landing craft approaching Juno beach in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944, in World War 2. The landing craft reaches the beach and all the Canadian infantry leave the boat, two or three at a time, and wade ashore during the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Steel obstacles placed by the German forces can be seen on the beach. Several houses, stand along the beach. The troops advance toward them.

Date: 1944, June 6
Duration: 4 min 4 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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