German Army fights with the Allied infantry and tanks on the Western Front in France and England, during the summer of 1944 in World War 2. Animated maps show English and French invasion coastlines. During Battle of Caen, German soldiers load ammunition on a camouflaged truck. The truck driven on roads. A German soldier on truck observes American bombers in sky overhead. Truck parks to the side and German antiaircraft guns fired. Night view from ground of bombs being dropped and buildings burning in the distance in Caen, France. German military trucks move at night on roads passing by burning fires. View from inside cabs of moving German vehicles. Daytime view of heavily bombed and destroyed city of Caen with ruins of houses and shops; German infantry walk through the streets of the destroyed and empty city. German soldiers fully loaded with their weapons ready for a battle. Close views of their faces with determined expressions. German tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry move on roads. Among them are two Borgward IV remote-controlled demolition vehicles (Schwerer Ladungsträger Borgward B IV, or heavy explosive carrier Borgward B IV) each driven by one man. Soldiers of German Army observe approach of U.S. Army forces. A German soldier arranges shells for artillery to fire as they fire on Allied positions. Wehrmacht infantry soldiers advance cautiously along roads. German soldiers take cover and prepare to attack as American tanks pass through a village. German soldiers fire on U.S. Army tanks. German soldiers direct an unmanned, remote-controlled small armored vehicle laden with explosives across a field and detonate it near U.S. Army vehicles (it is known as a Goliath Tracked Mine, or Leichter Ladungsträger Goliath (Sd.Kfz. 302/303a/303b); also known as a "beetle tank" to Allied forces). Large explosion as the remote-controlled demolition vehicle is detonated. Dead U.S. Army soldier along a road side, and injured German soldiers are aided by other German soldier
'The Big Picture' depicts the life of U.S. General Dwight D Eisenhower. Sergeant Stuart Queen of the U.S. Army stands in front of a map. He gives an introduction of Eisenhower. In 1945 Eisenhower returns to his homeland in Denison, Texas. A banner reads 'Welcome IKE'. People gather on the sides of the streets to welcome him. He waves from an open car at the cheering crowds. People at parade carry the U.S. flags during a ceremony. Eisenhower salutes. D Day, June 6, 1944- Barges carrying American troops land on the shore of Normandy. Eisenhower with another military officer. Eisenhower salutes. Streets of the city Abilene. Exterior of the Eisenhower Museum. Two boys enter the museum. Pictures of Eisenhower in his childhood - during infancy, house in which he was born, Eisenhower with a group of children, Eisenhower with his family, with his baseball and football team. View of Eisenhower's bedroom- scripture readings on the walls and books in the shelves. A truck passes the creamery where Eisenhower worked in his spare time. Pictures of Eisenhower leaving home to join the Military Academy at West Point. Cadets marching at the grounds of the military academy. Graduation Certificate of Eisenhower. Eisenhower with his wife Mamie Geneva Doud. Fight in Western Europe during the World War I. Picture of Eisenhower with other cadets. The certificate of the Distinguished Service Medal presented to Eisenhower for his services for training tank crews in Pennsylvania.
Allied strategic Conferences in World War 2. Opening scene shows Château Frontenac. Then President Franklin Roosevelt seated with Canada Prime Minister, McKensie King, and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Scene shifts to their respective military staffs conferring at a table. Next scene shows the Russian Embassy in Tehran, Iran, with the Big Three (Joseph Stalin, FDR, and Churchill) seated on the portico, and their top ranking military officers standing behind them. Soviet Marshal Kliment Voroshilov stands behind Stalin. American officers are seen in next scene, including General George Marshall, Admiral Ernest King (lighting a cigarette) and General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold. U.S. Ambassador to Russia, W. Averell Harriman, stands behind King and Arnold. Closeup of Churchill. Shift to an animated map of Europe. It illustrates the massive fortifications put in place by the Nazis along the coast of occupied Europe. Camera pans across heavy German coastal guns, Pill Boxes, and shore obstacles in place on the beaches. Marshal Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel leads a group of German officers on an inspection tour of the "Atlantic Wall" defenses. Closeup of Rommel. British Bristol Blenheim bombers en route to attack targets in the German occupied areas. Views of Allied airmen inside their bombers. A flight of five German fighters (appear to be Bf-109s) peeling off to attack an Allied bomber. American gunner in bomber firing machine gun at attacking German fighter. Headon view of German Focke Wulf FW-190 fighter heading staight toward the camera, and zooming up over it. Gunner in bomber firing. An aircraft exploding inflight. View through cracked windshield of aircraft in a formation of U.S. Martin B-26 Marauder bombers. View rearward from bomb bay as bombs are released from a B-26. Scene shifts to view from rear of a U.S. B-17 bomber dropping bombs. View of the bombs striking a rail marshaling yard. Another view of a B-26 bomber in flight.
U.S. troops reach Liverpool before Allied invasion of Western Europe in World War 2. U.S. transport ship arrives at Liverpool and Allied troops disembark. A band play at harbor. U.S. sailors on streets of London. Officers and MPs (Military Police) outside servicemen's clubs in London. Various servicemen's clubs in the city. Group of MPs on street.
Allied troops undergo training during World War 2, in North Devon, England. Sign reads ‘War Department - Danger - Keep Out’. Allied troops train on an obstacle course. Troops fire guns in prone position and scale cliffs during the training. Men row a boat in rough sea. In Germany, Nazi Generals confer and plan strategies.
Allied invasion and conquest of Western Europe during World War 2. Map shows coast of Europe with Cherbourg, Calais, and other places. German coastal defenses on English Channel and Atlantic shore. German officers inspect defenses. Map highlights Cherbourgh, Le Havre, and Caen. American workers building war machinery in defense plants and shipyards.