'The Big Picture' episode narrated by Ronald Reagan depicts the life of U.S. General George S Patton Junior. General Patton steps down a barge. He waves as a military vehicle passes by. U.S. 3rd Army in Europe, 1942. Patton with soldiers. Childhood picture of General Patton. An adolescent Patton comes down a flight of stairs. He practices sword fighting with his father. Picture of Patton at Virginia Military Institute. Picture of Patton at West Point Military Academy. Patton with his established first football team for soldiers. Tanks during World War I. Patton in front of a tank as the first tank commander. General Eisenhower and Patton with other military cadets at the Tank School in Fort Meade. Patton and his wife pose as warriors of the past. A soldier helps another to wear military uniform. In 1942 Patton as a Lieutenant General on an American convoy towards North Africa. Artillery fired and battleships are exploded. American troops land on the coast of Africa. Civilians cheer. Patton comes down a flight of stairs with other military officers. U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in conference. Patton climbs into a military vehicle and it drives off. Fight in Tunisia. American soldiers fire artillery. Explosions in the distance. Patton gets down a plane and talks to U.S. General Alexander. Two men look through binoculars. German General Rommel walks into a trap set for him by Patton. German tanks destroyed. Patton with other officers. Conquest of Sicily. Fight in Sicily. U.S. 7th Army lands on shore.
'The fighting first' about the role of United States 1st Infantry Division in various campaigns during World War II. A soldier of United States 1st Infantry Division. Combat boots of soldiers during the civil war and World War I. A map shows the 1st Infantry Division units moving across the Atlantic Ocean towards North Africa for Operation Torch in November, 1942. Soldiers of 1st Infantry Division go to England and loaded onto ships as they move to Africa. U.S. General Terry Allen aboard a ship. Infantrymen fire in Oran, Algeria. Aircraft in flight, explosions occur and a convoy of trucks on advance during the battle in Oran. 1st Infantry Division troops battle against Nazi General Rommel's armies in Tunisia, North Africa. In 1943, men of 1st Infantry Division load onto ships and arrive in Sicily. Troops advance into a town in Sicily after capturing it. Damaged houses in a city in Sicily.
Clip opens with brief World War I scene, circa 1917, of new American army recruits receiving army uniforms being issued by a U.S. Army Quartermaster. Clip then covers U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps' combat operations in various Theaters of Operations during World War II. Quartermaster Corps soldiers with rifles under the cover of a military truck during battle. Troops in trucks. An aircraft in low flight over a field. A U.S. Army truck. A Quartermaster fires an anti aircraft gun. Explosions occur and smoke rises. A British tank in a field. Soldiers beside a truck. Cans and barrels stacked on the ground. An enemy German tank in a field. Soldiers take cover. Quartermasters with guns in a trench. They come up the trench in prone positions. Dramatized battle scene with several Quartermaster corps casualties beside a wire fence. Soldiers prepare a mortar gun. An anti aircraft gun on an army truck. A soldier takes aim and fires a rifle during training. The Quartermaster flag hoisted on a pole. Actual footage shows aerial view of Bataan, and then ground views of groups of remaining U.S. Army soldiers around time of surrender of Bataan in April 1942. American soldier seen with their hands up and under guard of Japanese soldiers during Bataan surrender. Landing crafts arrive at a beach in North Africa. Supplies being offloaded at various battle fronts of World War 2. Soldiers and supplies off-loaded on the beach. Quartermasters seated on supplies boxes. Landing crafts arrive at a beach in the South West Pacific. Troops move across the beach. Troops disembark from landing crafts and move across a beach in Sicily, Italy. The Quartermasters unload boxes of supplies during various beach landings. They unload supplies and fire artillery on a beach head in Italy. Troops in trucks. A convoy of trucks loaded with supplies. Ammunition, ration and personnel in trucks move from Algeria to the Tunisian Front. Explosions occur and smoke rises. Trucks advance through smoke at night and in difficult conditions. Quartermaster General Major General E. B. Gregory speaks about the Quartermaster Corps. He says that the Quartermasters distribute goods to the army during training and combat. The movement of the Corps should be so regulated so as to deliver the goods at the right time in the right quantity.
The life of U.S. General Dwight D Eisenhower during the World War II. Eisenhower with other military officers in the War Plan Office discusses strategy. A mural in the Eisenhower Museum, Abilene, Texas. An animated map shows plan to seize key positions in North Africa. Fight in Algiers and Casablanca. Allied troops fire artillery. Unfavorable weather conditions delay the troops advancing towards Tunis and Bizerte. Allied soldiers walk through mud, allied military vehicles pass through water on the roads. U.S. General Omar Bradley troops capture Bizerte and the British 1st Army captures Tunis. Animated map shows the surrender of the Axis troops. German troops surrender. A ceremony commemorates the victory. General Eisenhower reviews a parade. Eisenhower honored at a ceremony. A mural on a wall of the Eisenhower Museum depicts invasion of Sicily. Allied troops march into Sicily in 1943.Civilians in the streets to celebrate. A mural on the wall of Eisenhower Museum depicts invasion of Italy. Allied troops land ashore and march into Italy. U.S. General Mark Clark 5th Army at Salerno. A sign reads Napoli. Eisenhower comes out of a tent. U.S. President Roosevelt visits the troops in the combat area with Eisenhower. U.S. President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in Cairo. Another mural on the wall of the Eisenhower Museum. Eisenhower with other officers. German divisions in France. Eisenhower reviews training of the troops. Churchill inspects the troops. Eisenhower reviews the troops on the eve of invasion.
An Italian military airfield in Sicily. A flight of 7 fighter aircraft in formation, abreast, flies over the field. A row of Macchi C.200 Saetta aircraft parked in front of a hangar (also variously called MC.200 or Macchi 200). A row of Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero Trimotor bombers parked across from them. Ground crews loading torpedoes on the bombers. A Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II airplane being serviced. Ground crewman reports to pilots that their bomber is ready. They board and ground crew pulls chocks as the engines are running. View inside the S.79 cockpit with pilot's hand on the triple throttles. The bomber takes off raising lots of dust as it goes. Italian aircraft in flight. British ships sighted below. The Italian bombers attack. Flak bursts in the air. One S-79 skimming the water surface. Other S-79s dropping torpedoes from relatively high altitudes (perhaps 1500 feet). A British warship is struck with large explosion. Italian planes returning with at least two burning British warships left behind.
German gliders in Sicily, Italy during World War II. Landing gears on a German glider are released when it leaves the ground. A DF S-230 glider takes off. Mountains in the background. A Gotha-242 glider in flight. The DFS-230 glider comes in for a landing. The glider lands and a German flight crew gets off the glider. German soldiers push motorcycles through sand. The Gotha-242 glider makes a landing . German troops open the glider to unload supplies.