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Gun crew of the U.S. 93rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion in Weitbruch, France, during World War II

Artillerymen of the U.S. 93rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion are seen carrying 105mm artillery shells in their stowage cases. They dump them onto the ground near their 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 (aka Priest) parked under camouflage netting. Change of scene shows two soldiers removing shells from a parked delivery vehicle. Several other soldiers stand around a camp fire. Another vehicle and a couple of tents are seen. The horizon is clear and unbroken except for three widely separated trees and two pointed objects (possibly church steeples) in the distance. Four soldiers relax and converse around a campfire. One smokes a pipe.

Date: 1944, December 6
Duration: 1 min 32 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
U.S. 26th "Yankee" Infantry Division celebrates Thanksgiving, 1944, during World War II.

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.

Date: 1944, November 23
Duration: 1 min 34 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American troops welcomed in France, but suffer casualties when Germans counterattack in December 1944.

American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 44 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Canadian troops wade ashore from landing craft on Juno Beach in Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.

View of Canadian troops on D-Day huddled in a landing craft approaching Juno beach in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944, in World War 2. The landing craft reaches the beach and all the Canadian infantry leave the boat, two or three at a time, and wade ashore during the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Steel obstacles placed by the German forces can be seen on the beach. Several houses, stand along the beach. The troops advance toward them.

Date: 1944, June 6
Duration: 4 min 4 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
The first American military cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, established on June 8, 1944, in World War II

View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.

Date: 1944
Duration: 19 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American advance in France and belgium is stopped by German counterattack in December 1944. U.S. loses 78 thousand troops.

Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Closing Messages: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"

Date: 1944
Duration: 7 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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