British Marine Commandos and Canadian First Army attack Nazi positions during World War II. Soldiers on a ship ready to attack Walcheren Islands through the Scheldt Estuary in Netherlands. Soldiers load and fire artillery. Smoke arises due to explosion. British soldier on ship fires at the Nazis. The ship sinks due to the attack. British Typhoons dive bomb German battery. Soldiers keep a watch. Explosions in water. German guns hit a boat. Canadian First Army landing craft make landings on beaches at Flushing on Walcheren under heavy fire from the Germans. Machine gun and artillery fired. Soldiers carry equipment across the beach. Allied flags sway with the breeze. Soldiers fire at the retreating Nazis. Soldiers capture Westkapelle. Destroyed buildings and rubble. Soldiers celebrate the victory which opens the route to Antwerp.
Princess Juliana of the Netherlands visits Curacao Island. A motorcade of the Princess. People cheer and welcome the Princess. The Princess in an open car. Dutch Marines parade. Princess Juliana watches the parade.
Shows the Battle off Samar which was the central action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. It took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island near the island of Leyte in the Philippines on 25th October 1944. Animated map shows advancement of U.S. armed forces on Leyte Island. An Allied fleet of destroyers and escorts shown on map. USS Fanshaw Bay is their flagship. Signal-man intercepts Japanese communication relays in a Combat information center. Shows naval battle between Allied and the Japanese armed forces.
U.S. Army Air Forces C-47aircraft , number 42-93098, of the 9th Troop Carrier Command Pathfinder Group, and its crew. This is the first aircraft and crew to drop American paratroopers (pathfinders) over France during the Allied invasion, in World War 2. The aircraft taxis. Crew of the aircraft are seen in front of it, including pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Joel Crouch, Copilot, Captain Vito Pedone, Navigator, Captain William Culp, Radio Operator, Harold Coonrod, along with two crew chiefs. Crew members shake hands and board the aircraft. Colonel Crouch waves from the cockpit of the C-47 (but has not started engines). Major J.L. Sweetman boards another aircraft. Colonel Crouche's C-47 taxis to where the Pathfinders will load up. View of Control Tower at RAF North Witham, with ambulance parked outside it. Three hours before takeoff.Colonel Crouch, is seen on a path near the airfield, with a Pathfinder Captain and Lieutenant, who will be aboard his aircraft and be the first to jump into France. They kid around. The Pathfinder officers note that Colonel Crouch wears paratroop wings. Later, two Pathfinders, of the 101st Airborne Division , with camouflaged faces and American flag insignia on their right shoulders, step from woods and pose momentarily. Pathfinder Paratroopers line up to board C-47 aircraft as Lt. Col. Crouch rides a scooter at the airfield. Aircrews and Pathfinders pose for photographs before taking off. The lead aircraft, number 42-93098, with Lieutenant Colonel Crouch at the controls, takes off from RAF Station North Witham at 9:54 PM, on June 5, 1944. to begin the invasion of France. (Note: This C-47 was shot down on September 18, 1944, during Operation Market Garden, and crash landed on Haamstede Airbase, Netherlands. Although shot at by German troops on the ground, pilot, Maj Joseph A. Beck, and Navigator Lt. Vincent J. Paterno, survived as prisoners of war. Copilot Capt Fred O. Lorimer and another crew member were fatally shot.)
The Pacific Campaign of World War II on the Island of Saipan, Mariana Islands. Aslito Airfield as it appeared when ground crews of the 318th Group arrived on 18th June, 1944. A U.S. Marine as he walks around inspecting the dead bodies of Japanese soldiers. Japanese mess kit showing spilled rice. Several dead Japanese soldiers lying around in the area. Destroyed Japanese aircraft with "NTP-1" written on tail. Demolished hangars and buildings. Fuel drop tanks lying around in the area. Surrounding installations showing the buildings that have been bombed or completely demolished. 804th Aviation Engineers at work clearing the area for camp site using heavy duty equipment such as bulldozers, graders, cranes, and half tracks. Damaged Japanese hangar.
Early days of Operation Market Garden in Nijmegen, Holland, Netherlands during World war II. Animated map of France, Belgium, and Netherlands. Allied transport and resupply aircraft in flight over clouds. Aerial view of Nijmegen Netherlands. Allied parachutes carrying supplies floating toward ground. The aircraft drop supplies in the south of Nijmegen. First Allied Airborne Army troops arrive by parachutes and gliders. The parachutists jump from the aircraft and descend towards the land. Unusual scene from camera strapped to the chest of a paratrooper. Shows view upon first jumping, and then view from paratrooper in sky descending and surrounded by other paratroopers with aircraft overhead and ground nearing below. U.S. aircraft parked on a field. The sky if filled with parachutists who are landing. German antiaircraft fire targets Allied planes. An Allied aircraft plunges toward the earth and crashes with a fireball. The Allied troops advance. Explosion in the foreground due to bombing. The aircraft drops bombs. Smoke raises in the foreground due to the bombardment. Gliders in flight. British 1st Airborne Division soldiers advance, engaging in Battle of Arnhem.