World War 2 invasion of Normandy, France. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marshal Joseph Stalin, and Prime Minister Churchill, meeting at Tehran, Iran, in December 1943. U.S. Generals George Marshall and Hap Arnold, at conference table. Closeup of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Map showing defense areas of the German 7th, 15th and 19th Armies in Europe. Map showing ports at Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dieppe, and Calais. Cherbourg is highlighted. U.S. Army trucks, tanks, and artillery, stockpiled in England. Railroad train carrying M3 Stuart tanks. U.S soldiers leaving troop ships and marching to their camps in Britain. Allied troops practicing amphibious assaults on Southern coast of England. Formation of B-26 bombers.View from Allied aircraft flying low over German-occupied area. B-17dropping bombs over Germany. German fighter planes attacking B-17 bombers beginning in February 1944. Gunner in turret of B-17 firing at them. A B-17 exploding in the air. German fighter downed by B-17 gunner. Gun camera footage of German Bf 109 attacked from rear by gunfire. American soldiers in trucks, DUKWs, M4 tanks, and M8 armored Cars. Troops receive gas masks, waist life belts, field rations, and French money. May 30, 1944, American soldiers board tanks, trucks and other vehicles bound for embarkation points in England. Seen are Stuart M3 light tanks, jeeps, and M7 Priest tanks. M7 tanks are seen, equipped with intake and exhaust ducts. (At TC:11:39, U.S. M7 Priest tanks,equipped for deep wading, are seen passing the base of the Jubilee clock on the beachfront at Weymouth, on their way toward Castle Town in Portland for embarkation.) Transport ships are loaded at the embarkation ports. Trucks being backed onto LCT-453. U.S. Army infantry marching and boarding transport ships. Troops marching into LST 376 at Plymouth, England. Higgins Boats, from the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) bringing troops to board her. Troops on deck of Attack transport, USS Joseph T. Dickman (APA-13). Barrage balloons overhead. Soldiers shooting craps on a troop ship deck. Coastguardsmen playing with a puppy dog. Gun crews on U.S. Navy warship being briefed. Soldiers field-strip and check their weapons
Allied amphibious forces assembling in Weymouth Harbor and Portland Harbor, England, in preparation for the invasion of Normandy, France during World War 2. U.S. Army halftrack backing onto a Landing Craft Tank ( LCT), alongside Stone pier, Castletown, Portland, England. Closeup of a young soldier silhouetted against sky during loading operations. A soldier looking from his ship at the transport ship USS Barnett (AP-11) anchored nearby. Higgins boat shuttling away from the USS Barnett. Several of her Higgins boats are tied alongside, and one is on a hoist. View of the Submarine Chaser, USS PC-617, tied up alongside the Barnett. Scene shifts to portside view of the USS Dorothea L. Dix (AP-67) at anchor. View from the water, of LCLs(L)540 and 542 docked next to each other. U.S. Landing Craft Tank LC(T)-636, along with others moored to buoys. U.S. Landing ships Tank (LSTs 300 and 350) are seen anchored next to one another. Closeup of LST-134 with Higgins boats nearby. Landing Craft Tank-157 with barge tied up aside, full of trucks, DUKWs, a tractor, and other cargo. Closeup of LCT-213 underway past the camera boat.
Allied troops and equipment being loaded on ships in preparation for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, during World War 2. U.S. soldiers riding in landing craft as they position in the Harbor,Portland, England. Troops wave to the camera. U.S. Coast guardsman at the helm of a landing craft. Landing craft being hoisted aboard a transport ship. U.S. Army halftracks backing onto a Landing Craft Tank (LCT), alongside Stone pier,Castletown, Portland, England. One halftrack has some difficulty , but makes it OK.
Allied amphibious assault forces organizing in Portland Harbor, England, prior to the invasion of Normandy, France during World War 2. U.S. trucks loaded with equipment and supplies, for the invasion force, being driven on a road. A group of soldiers stands at a side of the road. A vehicle loaded with supplies is driven past the soldiers. View from atop the Verne Citadel, Portland, of ships and invasion craft anchored in the harbor. several vessels moving about in the harbor.
U.S. army supply area, Portland Beach Road, Portland, England, a day prior to D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War 2. U.S. sailor fills a gasoline tank from jerry cans. Sign reads 'In case of fire call NFS at Weymouth, Telephone Weymouth 1150.' Sign on fire extinguisher reads 'Danger No Smoking'. Cans in supply area with signs 'Petrol', 'Oil', 'Diesel', 'Kerosene'. Empty gasoline containers.
Aerial view of many USAAF Troop Carrier Command C-47 aircraft,together with gliders, parked on a field in England. The aircraft and gliders are all painted in D-Day stripes. Views on ground of C-47s taking off towing gliders behind. Formation of C-47s and gliders overhead. Views from an aircraft in a formation. Below, the Portland Bill lighthouse & directional beacon (code-named Flatbush) is seen as the formation departs the English coast. (Note: film view of Portland Bill light is reversed. Roundabout should appear to right of the lighthouse.) Closeup of a glider in the formation. View from a ship, in the English Channel, as an airplane crashes and explodes on the French coast. Aerial view of landing craft on the Normandy beach, as the formation passes overhead. View of French fields flooded by the Germans. Aerial view of parachutes from U.S. Army paratroopers who had dropped into France the night before (June 5th), but no sign of the troops themselves. Masses of gliders on the ground. View inside a glider as it cuts loose from its C-47 tow plane. View from ground as gliders cut loose and maneuver for landing. View of a glider that crashed into a German Headquarters building, and view of another landing in water. Allied gliders destroyed (some burning) and damaged by German gunfire and passive defenses (15 foot poles planted closely in landing zones). A German artillery piece concealed at the edge of a landing zone. American troops, from the gliders, marching into Saint Marcouf, France. Montage of Allied advances and gunfire. Road sign pointing to Sainte Marie-du Mont and Carentan. U.S. troops moving through French town of Sainte Marie-du Monte. U.S. troops riding in a captured German Ketenkrad tracked motorcycle.