'The fighting first' about the role of United States 1st Infantry Division in various campaigns during World War II. A soldier of United States 1st Infantry Division. Combat boots of soldiers during the civil war and World War I. A map shows the 1st Infantry Division units moving across the Atlantic Ocean towards North Africa for Operation Torch in November, 1942. Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division go to England and loaded onto ships as they move to Africa. U.S. General Terry Allen aboard a ship. Infantrymen fire in Oran, Algeria. Aircraft in flight, explosions occur and a convoy of trucks on advance during the battle in Oran. 1st Infantry Division troops battle against Nazi General Rommel's armies in Tunisia, North Africa. In 1943, men of 1st Infantry Division load onto ships and arrive in Sicily. Troops advance into a town in Sicily after capturing it. Damaged houses in a city in Sicily.
A convoy of Ships underway in the North Atlantic Ocean. Transport and destroyer underway. Men with life jackets on deck. Transport and destroyer zig zagging. Brooklyn class Cruiser underway. Troops lean on rail of transport underway. Transport and destroyer silhouetted against sun. Cruiser underway.
A convoy of Ships underway in the North Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy guards with life jackets pace on deck. A sailor lean on rail. A sailor looks through telescope. A United States biplane SOC Seagull in flight. The SOC Seagull lands on water and taxis towards Brooklyn class cruiser. A Destroyer under way in the foreground. Sailors and civilians on deck wearing life jackets.
German sailors attack a British tanker underway in North Atlantic Ocean during World War II. German submarine surfaces while underway in the North Atlantic. A German sailor on the submarine deck and looks through a binocular. The submarine underway and the sailor stands on the surface. The sailor speaks to another sailor. The submarine underway in the North Atlantic. German sailors are initiated in a crossing of the Rubicon ceremony. The sailors on the deck and few in a basket tied with a rope. The sailors take pictures. Boats underway in the Atlantic. A British tanker underway. The surface of the submarine. A sailor looks through the binoculars. The sailors fire guns. The survivors are taken aboard the submarine. The British tanker is destroyed due to fire from a submarine's deck guns. The British tanker burns and smoke rises due to fire. The survivors on the submarine enjoy.
United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation from White House in Washington DC. Sitting at his desk he points to a map of globe behind his desk. He demonstrates lines of travel of American ships. He points towards North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. He shows various harbors and naval bases at waterfronts of the United States.
Operation Torch, Allied invasion of North Africa, during World War II. Convoys of Allied transport ships underway in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. Navy destroyer of Benson class. Rigging of a transport in the foreground. The transport ship with rigging and a winch in the foreground. A convoy underway at sea. Higgins boat, LCVP ( Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel ) number PA26-23 from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) which was the Flagship for the operation, pulled up on a beach. U.S. troops disembark and run up the beach.