French tank crew of the Free French Forces, leave their M4A2 Sherman tank to inspect another that has been knocked out. Both tanks display the logo of French 2nd Armored Division (2e Division Blindée, 2e DB), commanded by General Philippe Leclerc. The destroyed one belongs to the 501ème Régiment de Chars de Combat (501st RCC 3eC) and was knocked out, probably by an 88mm anti-tank shell, on August 13, 1944 in Ecouves forest. Closeups of huge holes penetrating the turret of the tank. The other tank's crew members begin recovering bodies of dead from the stricken tank, which has the name "l'Ourcq" stenciled on its side. They remove the body of one dead soldier and place it on a blanket. They also remove the headless body of another from the tank. (Note: Reportedly, the destroyed tank was number 420583.)
Sign reads "Sees". Captured German prisoners in Sees, France. French Major General Jacques Phillippe Leclerc of 2nd Armored Division talks with member markings.
The French 2nd Armored Division and British troops advance through Sees in France during World War II. Tanks pass wrecked soldiers on the streets of Sees. War damage around. Soldiers on tanks. A painted sign on the wall reads 'Falaise'. Soldiers and tanks pass by the sign. Other military vehicles follow the tanks. Soldiers on tanks and motorcycles. Tanks move past a restricted district sign board amidst rubble on the ground.
The French 2nd Armored Division and British troops advance through Sees in France during World War II. Tanks pass wrecked military vehicles on the streets of Sees. Tanks and artillery advance. Soldiers on foot. A painted sign on the wall reads 'Falaise'. Troops drink cider being served by French civilians.
Allied invasion of France during World War II. 11,000 Allied aircraft in flight as they drop bombs over strategic Nazi communication installations in France. Bombs released from American bomber aircraft and impact. Explosions occur and pillar of smoke rises. Gun camera footage as German enemy railroad areas and ships are strafed. Dramatic gun camera footage from an allied aircraft as it hits a German fighter plane in flight and the German fighter loses a wing and explodes. American paratroopers board planes in England for D-Day mission to land in France. General Brererton shakes hands with soldiers and sees them off. Another group of American soldiers board glider aircraft for the mission. British paratroopers also board gliders at an English airfield and the glider takes off.
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.