U.S. army preparations in Salisbury, England a day prior to D-Day invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. Tent bivouac area. Soldiers fasten camouflage net to M-5 tank. Tank covered with camouflage net. Jeeps, half-tracks, M-5 tanks move along road through wooded area. Two soldiers look at camp directory map. Armband 'TPN Corps - USA' on sleeve of Sergeant's jacket.
A skiing-jumping competition in Salisbury Mills, New York. A ski jump in Salisbury Mills. People stand on either side of the track to watch the skiers. Numerous skiers take part and several fall after their jumps. 'Norsemen Ski Club' written on a sign at the ski jump. Sorenson, who won the New England title at Brattleboro, Vermont, skis down the track and jumps to a height of 181 feet beating his own record of 177 feet, and scores 224 out of 240 points. Sorenson poses with his skis (even as another jumper falls, in the background).
Artillery demonstrations at British Army Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, on the south edge of Salisbury, England. Gun crews ride in Light Dragon MkII tractors towing 18 pounder field artillery pieces. They wheel about and set up a long battery of artillery that begins firing. Military spectators line the field to watch the demonstrations. Autogyro used for observation lands behind a smoke source. Troops begin firing trench mortars. Tanks race at hight speed through smoke on the demonstration field. Battery of 4.5 inch howitzers seen firing. As the demonstration concludes, MkII tractors tow 4.5 inch howitzers away as spectators disperse.
Scene from British postwar film, circa 1927, shot on the Salisbury Plain, in England. It reconstructs World War 1 events from 1916 on the Western Front. Two "German soldiers" are shown in a machine gun nest. One is shot and slumps down. The other continues to fire as a British Mk V Supply Tank ( fitted with dummy guns to simulate a fighting tank) approaches their position. The tank rolls over their position, crushing it.
June 9, 1944. Sand flats seen at Normandy, France, at low tide. The World War 2 Allied invasion force has fought its way inland. Beached landing craft and destroyed buildings. German steel beach obstacles have been stacked out of the way. U.S. Sherman DD tank sunk in sand. Badly damaged LCT-25 on the beach at Normandy, with her cargo of half-tracks still aboard and remains of the first one off, sitting at her ramp where it was hit by a German shell. Higgins Boat riddled with bullet holes. Scene shifts to January,1944.US troops descend from a troop transport ship into LCT-504 for practice maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay. Troops hit the beach in Higgins Boats driven by U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Attack Transport ship, USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).US troops boarding ships to England, in February, 1944. Views of live aboard transport ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.Coast Guardsmen near weapons at duty stations. Troops quartered aboard a transport with four levels of bunks.Soldiers passing the time: playing cards, napping, reading and writing letters, and sewing clothes. Troops line the deck of the transport ship,USS Bayfield (APA-33), as she approaches port in England. Landing craft from the Bayfield, carrying troops, are seen in assault training exercises in England.Troops wading ashore during training. Coast Guard officers and sailor are seen aboard larger landing ships in exercises.Coast Guard officer smoking a cigar, as landing craft from the Samuel Chase speeds away after landing troops ashore. Trucks drive ashore from landing craft. Scene shifts to May, 1944 and a formation of B-24 aircraft dropping bombs on enemy targets in Europe.
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