From a 1952 U.S. Army television program titled The Big Picture. U.S. troops in a fox hole in Korea. A U.S. tank carrying many GIs in Germany.US ski troops in Alaska. Amphibious training on beach in Puerto Rico. United States Army Sergeant James Mansfield introduces the story of United States Seventh Army in the Allied Invasion of Southern France, "Operation Dragoon." Army Colonel William Wilson Quinn seated in office, with army rifle on his desk. He refers to the "Blue Badge" which is the Army infantryman's badge. Then he introduces the story of the Seventh United States Army: On 14 August 1944 Bay of Naples is seen as an open air Marshalling area. Barrage balloons float above the area. Large landing ships sit at dock with their front loading doors open. 3rd,45th and 36th division combined into 7th United States Army. Mechanized war equipment being loaded and checked off the loading chart. 7th army soldiers march through streets. Red Cross workers distribute donuts. Soldiers board ships. Ships leave harbor to join convoy. Ships docked at the West Coast of Corsica. Officers meet for conference aboard ship. Men attend last minute details. Some pray. Animated map depicts the route of the advancement by the troops. Port Cros and Levant : French commandos landed on these islands. U.S. B-25 bombers in flight drop bombs. Fighting ships take their positions. Navigators, gunners and signal men alert. Soldiers prepare for fight. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft fly in formation. A B-24 bomber over mountains. B-25s in flight.509th Parachute Infantry Battalion being inspected at airport. Paratroopers get into aircraft. Aircraft taxis and takes off. United States Army Air Force C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster military transport aircraft in flight toward Southern France. Paratroopers descend to ground and advance. Gliders land. Soldiers unload and ready artillery. Aerial view of rugged terrain. Ships underway at sea. Officers look through binoculars aboard ship.
American Troop Carrier crews gather for a briefing on August 14, 1944, the day before the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France, in World War 2. The captions then refer to their return to the UK later that month, and to the United States in October 1944. The air crews are seen assembled outdoors at an airfield in Italy. The weather is hot and some of them are without shirts. Some wear Khaki shorts. Views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, taken when some aircrew members return to the United States in October 1944.
Night action at sea during World War 2. A massive explosion occurs as a mine detonates. Flashes in the dark as tracers are fired at night and flares fall on the surface. United States Navy heavy cruiser USS Quincy, CA-71, painted in Camouflage Measure 31-32-33 series Design 18D. Next is the battleship USS Nevada, BB-36, painted in Camouflage Measure 22. ( Note: This was likely filmed between May 1944 and September 1944 when these two ships supported both the Normandy and Southern France Invasions.)
A prisoners of war camp in United States. Prisoners work in Southern United States. The prisoners fill in road area with mud. A man with a gun keeps a check on them. Prisoners stand in a squad. Officer talks to them.
Doctor operate prisoner's ankle at Prisoner of War Camp in Southern United States. Nurse places instrument in sterilizer. Doctor performs the operation. Other nurses assist the doctor. Technician takes X-ray of the prisoner's ankle. Several different POW patients are seen being treated by dentists in the camp dental clinic.
A War Camp in Southern United States. Prisoner draws a sketch. Prisoners display handiwork done like various drawings, sketches and paintings. A lantern displayed. Prisoner makes a sketch.