Early days of Operation Market Garden in Nijmegen, Holland, Netherlands during World war II. Animated map of France, Belgium, and Netherlands. Allied transport and resupply aircraft in flight over clouds. Aerial view of Nijmegen Netherlands. Allied parachutes carrying supplies floating toward ground. The aircraft drop supplies in the south of Nijmegen. First Allied Airborne Army troops arrive by parachutes and gliders. The parachutists jump from the aircraft and descend towards the land. Unusual scene from camera strapped to the chest of a paratrooper. Shows view upon first jumping, and then view from paratrooper in sky descending and surrounded by other paratroopers with aircraft overhead and ground nearing below. U.S. aircraft parked on a field. The sky if filled with parachutists who are landing. German antiaircraft fire targets Allied planes. An Allied aircraft plunges toward the earth and crashes with a fireball. The Allied troops advance. Explosion in the foreground due to bombing. The aircraft drops bombs. Smoke raises in the foreground due to the bombardment. Gliders in flight. British 1st Airborne Division soldiers advance, engaging in Battle of Arnhem.
U.S. Army Air Forces C-47aircraft , number 42-93098, of the 9th Troop Carrier Command Pathfinder Group, and its crew. This is the first aircraft and crew to drop American paratroopers (pathfinders) over France during the Allied invasion, in World War 2. The aircraft taxis. Crew of the aircraft are seen in front of it, including pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Crouch, Copilot, Captain Vito Pedone, Navigator, Captain William Culp, Radio Operator, Harold Coonrod, along with two crew chiefs. Crew members shake hands and board the aircraft. Colonel Crouch waves from the cockpit of the C-47 (but has not started engines). Major J.L. Sweetman boards another aircraft. Colonel Crouche's C-47 taxis to where the Pathfinders will load up. View of Control Tower at RAF North Witham, with ambulance parked outside it. Three hours before takeoff.Colonel Crouch, is seen on a path near the airfield, with a Pathfinder Captain and Lieutenant, who will be aboard his aircraft and be the first to jump into France. They kid around. The Pathfinder officers note that Colonel Crouch wears paratroop wings. Later, two Pathfinders, of the 101st Airborne Division , with camouflaged faces and American flag insignia on their right shoulders, step from woods and pose momentarily. Pathfinder Paratroopers line up to board C-47 aircraft as Lt. Col. Crouch rides a scooter at the airfield. Aircrews and Pathfinders pose for photographs before taking off. The lead aircraft, number 42-93098, with Lieutenant Colonel Crouch at the controls, takes off from RAF Station North Witham at 9:54 PM, on June 5, 1944. to begin the invasion of France. (Note: This C-47 was shot down on September 18, 1944, during Operation Market Garden, and crash landed on Haamstede Airbase, Netherlands. Although shot at by German troops on the ground, pilot, Maj Joseph A. Beck, and Navigator Lt. Vincent J. Paterno, survived as prisoners of war. Copilot Capt Fred O. Lorimer and another crew member were fatally shot.)
View from hill, above, of U.S. Army troops, from the 3rd Battalion, 115th Regiment, 29th Division, who have set up a field kitchen and mess along the side of a road (Nieuwenhagerweg) in Eygelshoven, the Netherlands, during World War II. Closeup of the troops in a chow line, receiving food in their personal mess kits. Closeup of one soldier's mess kit with his ration. Closeups of smiling soldiers and views of some eating their meals. [Note: In the first 10 seconds, two churches can be seen in opposite corners of the background.The oldest, on the right, sheltered US soldiers. The other, on the left, was hit by German shelling around December 20, 1944. U.S. soldiers of the 562nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Automatic Weapons (Mobile), Battery D, patched the hole in the church roof.]
German troops fight the Allied forces in the Netherlands during World War 2. Animated map locates Arnhem and Nijmegen in the Netherlands. German troops fire at British parachutists and gliders as they descend from their transport aircraft. Afterwards they pursue and engage those who made it safely to the ground. Scattered Allied equipment, dead bodies and downed gliders. Burning gliders. Allied aircraft shot down and crashing. British prisoners of war seated in a group in a meadow.
Airborne operation in Netherlands. Map shown. The 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division prepare for a mission in the Netherlands. Paratroops board C-47s and fly to their objectives. . Glider troops prepare to take off. They board to gliders. Gliders take off, fly and land at Eindhoven. Troops assemble for their initial objectives. Troops hold rifles and pass away on jeep.
Allied soldiers taken prisoners in the Netherlands during World War II. Camera pans across German soldiers moving single-file along a stretch of woods. Destroyed allied equipment and supplies in a glade. German soldiers rummage through abandoned things and pick up a tin of cigarettes, which they share. They smile as they smoke them. German infantry with small arms and panzerfaust anti-tank weapons make their way along a tree line. German bicycle troops moving along a divided highway. German infantry rushing toward a group of houses, and engaging Allied troops in suburban area firefights. Lots of gunfire and smoke. Allied soldiers being taken prisoner. A paratrooper's chute on the roof of a dwelling. Allied prisoners of war being escorted and held under guard, in a ditch next to a rail line. Parachutes that got entangled along the rail line. Many scenes of Allied prisoners being marched under guard.