Wreckage of an Allied hospital train, bombed and machine gunned by the Germans in Souk El Khamis, Algeria, NorthAfrica. Allied troops inspect the wreckage. Man paints red cross sign on the top of a damaged train-car. One of the damaged car reads 'Our Blue Bird bombed and machine gun to hell but still kicking'.
German air raids on an Allied airport at Souk El Arba in Algeria. German dive bombers (Junkers) drop bombs on key targets. American soldiers retaliate. Soldiers put the casualties in armored U.S. ambulances. U.S. P-38s dogfight with German Junkers. U.S. C-47 transport planes loaded with supplies and fuel arrives to replenish Allied forces.
Convoy of U.S. General Lee (M3) tanks rolls through the streets of Bone (now Annaba) in Algeria,North Africa. Natives cross desert with their camels and donkeys in the background. The tank convoy heads for the Tunisian Front. American C-47 transport planes loaded with supplies follow the convoy from above. Sign board reads 'GHARDIMAOU SOUK AHRAS'. The tank convoy climbs the Atlas mountain range lying east of the province of Souk Ahras. Dispatch riders speed ahead of the convoy on their motorbikes. Tanks being camouflaged to set up a bivouac. A U.S. soldier shaves another soldier. Anti aircraft gun crew member scans the skies at dim light.
Thanksgiving Day celebrations at Oum El Aguareb in Algeria,North Africa. American soldiers chase a flock of turkeys. Natives gift turkey to U.S. soldiers. U.S. soldiers roll up copies of detailed war maps meant for tank commanders. Allied tanks deployed near Tebourba in Tunisia. Convoy of Allied tanks, half tracks and jeeps move.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
The Attack on Mers-el-Kebir (Operation Catapult) off the coast of French Algeria during World War II. The French naval fleet at the port town of Mers-el-Kebir. French flags on the ships. French officers arrive in a boat. French naval officers and sailors on the ships deck. French commanding officer Marcel-Bruno Gensoul aboard the Dunkerque reads ultimatum message from British Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville stationed aboard the HMS Foxhound. The telegram demands the surrender of the French fleet including the battleships Dunkerque, to prevent it and the French fleet from falling into German hands. Images of signal light communications between the ships. On rejection of the demand, the British fleet shells the French fleet. British ships shell and destroy numerous ships of the french fleet. French sailors run about and try to put out fires on the ships. Explosions on ships and in the water. Wrecked and charred ships of the French fleet. Debris strewn on the water. French sailors aboard small life boats, navigating among much floating debris after the battle. Boats with fire hoses working to extinguish flames on charred French vessels. The French warships in the battle included battleships Provence and Bretagne, the battleships (battlecruisers) Dunkerque and Strasbourg, the seaplane tender Commandant Teste and six destroyers. The British vessels in the battle were the battlecruiser HMS Hood, battleships HMS Valiant and HMS Resolution, and the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal along with an escort of cruisers and destroyers. From a German newsreel.