Tank support for U.S. 90th Division, 359th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F infantrymen near St. Jores, France during World War II. An aid man attends to a wounded U.S. soldier. A platoon moves cautiously along hedgerows firing M-1 Garand rifles and BARs (Browning Automatic Rifles) and rifle grenades. A tank fires, giving cover to the infantrymen.
U.S. 90th Division, 359th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F infantrymen near St. Jores, France during World War II. A soldier uses a field telephone. Soldiers with rifles advance through a wooded area.
Tank support for U.S. 90th Division, 359th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F infantrymen near St. Jores, France during World War II. M4-Sherman tanks still with deep wading trunks in place give cover to advancing infantrymen. The tanks fire and smoke rises. A soldier talks into a handie-talkie. Two U.S. officers confer over a map. An officer behind a line cuts a wire.
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.