During visit to 101st Airborne Division at RAF Welford airfield in Berkshire County, England, General Eisenhower is seen standing on a reviewing platform, along with British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill,Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, and Brigadier General Maxwell Taylor, Commander of the 101st. Eisenhower smiles and uses binoculars to watch as 1,500 U.S. paratroopers are dropped from C-47 transport aircraft flying overhead. After the demonstration, Churchill, Eisenhower, and Taylor,enter the back back seat of an open Dodge 3/4-ton T214 vehicle, being used as a staff car. The car proceeds along a road, with driver and a British official in the front seat.
Colonel George S. Wear, Commander,327th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR), is seen standing with officers of his unit. Prime Minister Churchill addresses troopers of the 101st Division, while standing in the staff car. General Eisenhower stands among the soldiers listening. Colonel Wear and officers of the 327th GIR, including a Chaplain, are seen applauding.
U.S. 101st Airborne Division in England during World War 2. Paratroopers marching on Welford airfield, Berkshire, England, then home of the U.S. 435th Troop Carrier Group. They march past gliders parked with their rear doors open. Tail of a WACO CG-4A Glider is seen with serial number 277396. A band plays. An olive drab staff car arrives on the airfield. U.S. Army General Dwight D Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill alight from the car. They review 101st Airborne Division troops with its Commander, U.S. Army Brigadier General Maxwell D. Taylor. Churchill, Eisenhower, and Taylor review the troops by walking amongst them. Prime Minister Winston Churchill shakes hands with Brigadier General Don Pratt, Assistant Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (who was later killed on D-Day in the Normandy Landings). As the reviewing party proceeds, they pass the guidon of 321st Glider Artillery Headquarters, displaying crossed cannons. Churchill pauses momentarily, as he passes a British paratrooper in formation with the 101st Airborne.
U.S. 101st Airborne Division in England during World War 2.British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. Army General Dwight D Eisenhower, and Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, with other officials and officers, visit RAF Welford airfield in Berkshire County, England (then home to the 435th Troop Carrier Group). They are hosted by Brigadier General Maxwell Davenport Taylor, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, together with members of his staff, including: Brigadier General Don F Pratt and Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe. They tour various exhibits of engineers, artillery, anti aircraft and paratroop units. They inspect equipment, gliders, and supplies. From a reviewing stand, they observe a paratroop exercise involving formations of C-47 transport planes, from which large numbers of paratroopers jump, filling the skies with parachutes. Generals Eisenhower, Brigadier General Taylor and Prime Minister Churchill salute colors as they review troops. They walk among displays of troopers, equipment, and U.S. CG-4A gliders. Assisted by General Taylor, Prime Minister Churchill climbs aboard a British Horsa glider to examine it. He shakes hands and converses with Colonels of the 101st, including: Col.George S. Wear, commander, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment; Col. George V. H. Moseley, Jr., Commander, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment; Colonel Howard R.Johnson, commander, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment; and Col. Thomas L. Sherburne, 101st Airborne Division's Artillery Commander.
While visiting the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, at RAF Welford in Berkshire, England, in World War 2, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and General Eisenhower, inspect the inside of a British Horsa glider. Eisenhower steps down from the cabin as Brigadier General Maxwell Taylor, Commander of the 101st, assists Prime Minister Churchill down the steps. Churchill then peers into the open back of a U.S. CG-4A glider. He stops to look at paratrooper rations displayed on a table, as Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe explains them. Churchill and Eisenhower then review formation of paratroopers, accompanied by Brigadier Maxwell Taylor, and followed by Brigadier General Don F. Pratt. They walk among the troopers, one of whom is a British paratrooper. The Generals salute as they pass the unit colors. Further on they pass a color guard and the Generals salute, as Churchill removes his hat. Churchill is seen at a microphone. Change of scene shows C-47s flying overhead with paratroopers descending and spectators watching them. another view of Churchill and Eisenhower entering Dodge 3/4-ton T214 vehicle, after the paratroop drop, and driving among troops seen in combat positions on the field.
Russian air-cadets being trained at the Royal Flying Corps' No 1 School of Military Aeronautics, at Coley Park Aerodrome, Reading, Berkshire, England, during World War 1. Cadets march with their officer to a tarpaulin covered hangar. Next they are seen inside the hangar, removing a double wing from a bi-wing aircraft. . They sit, wearing earphones, at a table outdoors, learning wireless telegraphy. They examine the parts of a Clerget 9B nine-cylinder rotary aircraft engine, and sit for a lecture about inline engines. The instructor holds up a bearing and connecting rods from the inline engine. They look at an aeronautical chart and take notes. Cadets climb aboard a canvas-covered army truck and stand in it. They wave as it drives away.
June 9, 1944. Sand flats seen at Normandy, France, at low tide. The World War 2 Allied invasion force has fought its way inland. Beached landing craft and destroyed buildings. German steel beach obstacles have been stacked out of the way. U.S. Sherman DD tank sunk in sand. Badly damaged LCT-25 on the beach at Normandy, with her cargo of half-tracks still aboard and remains of the first one off, sitting at her ramp where it was hit by a German shell. Higgins Boat riddled with bullet holes. Scene shifts to January,1944.US troops descend from a troop transport ship into LCT-504 for practice maneuvers in the Chesapeake Bay. Troops hit the beach in Higgins Boats driven by U.S. Coast Guardsmen from the Attack Transport ship, USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).US troops boarding ships to England, in February, 1944. Views of live aboard transport ships in convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean.Coast Guardsmen near weapons at duty stations. Troops quartered aboard a transport with four levels of bunks.Soldiers passing the time: playing cards, napping, reading and writing letters, and sewing clothes. Troops line the deck of the transport ship,USS Bayfield (APA-33), as she approaches port in England. Landing craft from the Bayfield, carrying troops, are seen in assault training exercises in England.Troops wading ashore during training. Coast Guard officers and sailor are seen aboard larger landing ships in exercises.Coast Guard officer smoking a cigar, as landing craft from the Samuel Chase speeds away after landing troops ashore. Trucks drive ashore from landing craft. Scene shifts to May, 1944 and a formation of B-24 aircraft dropping bombs on enemy targets in Europe.