Invasion of Pontaubault, France during World War II. Infantry troops advance along a road towards Pontaubault. Abandoned German horse-drawn equipment on the roadside. Soldiers enter the city of St. James. Men marching along a road. Military men advance forward in trucks. Soldiers rest and smoke in Pontaubault. The soldiers march out of the city. They cut barbed wire obstacles in streets. Troops advance along a road in cars and trucks. Men paste posters on a wall. French civilians read proclamation posters pasted in a town square. A soldier plays piano in a house. Two women and a child cheer.
United States Army forces rest in Pontaubault on their way to Paris. Soldiers seated on the roadside. They relax and smoke. Destroyed buildings and ruins in the city. U.S. Army soldiers march on the streets and enter St. James (Marche) France, widening the Brittany corridor, as crowds of French citizens welcome them. Soldiers in jeeps and trucks. Market area in the town. Civilians, nuns and children wave out to soldiers. Civilians with flowers and French flags welcome the troops. Soldiers on vehicles as people cheer for them. People gather around as a man pastes a proclamation on the city walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.