U.S. 2nd Armored Division, 745th Tank Battalion in Saint Amand, France during World War II . People gather on either sides of a street. Buildings along the sides of the street. Soldiers aboard military vehicles pass through the streets of the city. People cheering.
U.S. 2nd Armored Division, 745th Tank Battalion in Saint Amand, France during World War II . People gather on either sides of a street. Buildings along the sides of the street. French civilians give tank crew members French flags as they pass through the city. They cheer for the passing tank convoy. Children waving towards the tank convoy.
Film opens showing map of Normandy, France. Next, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen seated in a jeep, conversing with an officer, standing nearby, who makes notes in a pad. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley sits in the back of the jeep, and a Major General stands beside the jeep. Other officers stand around in the background. Eisenhower converses with the Major General. Scene shifts to closeup of Lieutenant General George Patton. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers fly overhead, part of a two thousand plane bombarding the Saint-Lô area on July 25, 1944. Closeup of a B-24 dropping bombs and views of bombs exploding on the ground. American M4 Sherman tanks and infantrymen advancing after the bombardment. U.S. troops riding atop an M8 Greyhound armored cars and M4 tanks. Animated map shows the extent of U.S. advance from Saint-Lô encompassing the entire Breton Peninsula. Then, it shows American forces swinging North and around to the West, trapping German forces at Falaise. A Tiger tank, camouflaged in shrubbery, moving along a road, followed by motorcycle, and trucks full of German soldiers retreating from the trap at Falaise. Brief closeups of German soldiers in some of the vehicles. A German FW-190 fighter-bomber seen flying very fast and low toward the camera. An explosion. British and Canadian soldiers coordinating in the field, further South. A battery of Allied heavy guns firing from camouflaged positions. An American 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 (called M7 Priest by the British) firing from a wooded area. Shells exploding in the distance. German soldiers sheltering from the shelling. Fires burning. Allied jeep driving past knocked out German tanks. A field ambulance leads a long column of German prisoners of war. They march four a breast with hands clasped over their heads. A convoy of Allied heavy duty trucks bringing supplies from beachheads to the front lines. (World War 2; WW II; WW2)
Allied Invasion of Marseilles, Southern France following Operation Dragoon. 23 August 1944. French forces enter Marseilles and engage any remaining Germans. French Algerian soldiers of the 3rd Algerian Division in firing positions. Soldiers walk to Fort Saint Nicolas. Body of executed man in Fort Saint Nicolas. Dead and wounded soldiers. Street defenses set up by enemy. Gun emplacements. Docks,warehouses and port facilities deliberately destroyed by retreating German forces. Part of ship with swastika visible just above water line. Bomb damaged hangers and aircraft at airport. Wrecked French planes with German markings. Liberated Marseillaise cheer Algerian troops. Officers converse.
Allied Invasion of France during World War II. German ammunition stores at an island in Saint Malo harbor are exploded on 17 August 1944. Allied troops explode stores as Germans refuse to surrender. Large smoke column arises.
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.