View of U.S. Army members of 15th Engineer Regiment in a recon car. They look through binoculars to observe enemy territory.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
British soldiers enter the town of Lisieux, France. Armed British soldiers patrol the streets. Soldiers walk past the destroyed buildings. Firing and bombardment. Soldiers and British tanks fire at Nazis hiding in the town. A French civilian woman brings a glass of water and a pitcher to a prone British soldier firing at German positions from a street corner. Soldier prone firing a machine gun. People in the town of Chartres, a center of resistance. A young woman resistance soldier talks to an Allied French soldier. French General Charles De Gaulle and other officers greeted by the town on August 23, 1944. De Gaulle addressed the town to commend their resistance. De Gaulle looks at the Chateau de Rambouillet in Rambouillet, France, from where he directed the French armored divisions in their push to Paris. Views of the palace, gardens, and a lake at the Chateau de Rambouillet with Charles De Gaulle standing beside the lake.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War 2, in 1944. The U.S. Army 3rd division,takes some time out while en route to Brignoles, France. Troops seen eating from their mess kits and some resting, with their boots off. American infantry later enter the town of Brignoles, following its liberation by their 15th Regiment. A few local citizens watch. Wounded American soldiers are treated at an emergency aid station set up on a street in the town. The infantry pass through the town on their advance to the west. An M10 tank destroyer accompanies the infantry moving through the town.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.