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Early pictures of General Eisenhower showing his childhood home and his welcome ceremony when he returned home.

'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.

Date: 1955
Duration: 7 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German Army fights Allied infantry and tanks while retreating from the Western Front in Europe, during World War II.

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

Date: 1944
Duration: 6 min 59 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
World tensions after World War II. The Baruch Plan. The Berlin Airlift. The Korean War. The Cold War.

Speaking before United Nations Atomic Energy Commission (UNAEC) in its first meeting in June 1946, Bernard Baruch proposes international control of all atomic energy -- the so-called Baruch Plan. Low level aerial view of ruined post World War 2 European city. Goods including heavy equipment, locomotives, being loaded aboard ships to aid in the postwar recovery of Europe (The Marshall Plan). Workers in Western Europe making use of Marshall Plan materials to rebuild their national infrastructures. West European farmers restoring agriculture. View from overflying light airplane of parts of postwar Berlin in 1948. Blocked roads and empty railroad tracks leading from East Germany to West Germany, blocked by the Soviet Union. Barge traffic at standstill due to Soviet actions. U.S. C-54 transport aircraft flying supplies into West Berlin (The Berlin Airlift) during the Soviet blockade of that city. West Berliners watching U.S. transport aircraft bringing fuel, food and other essentials into the isolated city. A C-54 flying low over empty railroad lines, as it prepares to land in West Berlin. Supplies offloaded from a DC-3 ( AKA C-47 or British Dakota) equipped with unusual set of rear cargo doors. Supplies being moved on Tegel Airport with many C-54 aircraft in the background. Numerous C-47 aircraft operating at Tempelhof airdrome. An East German official opening a barricade as Soviet blockade of West Berlin ends on May 12, 1949, and supply trucks begin to move over roads again. Flags of Western nations flying on high flagpoles. Glimpse of Allied warships underway during World War 2. Formation of P-38 Lightning aircraft in flight overhead. NATO troops marching and NATO armor on parade. Flashes of heavy artillery firing at night. Korean refugees moving South in 1950 with the outbreak of the Korean War. View of UN Security Council meeting in the absence of Soviet representative. U.S. tanks firing guns and American infantrymen in conflict with North Korea in Korean War. American wounded on stretchers.

Date: 1967
Duration: 5 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Landing craft, tanks, munitions, and gasoline supplies assembled in England for D-day invasion in World War II

Preparations in year 1943 for the June 1944 invasion of Western Europe by Allied Force during World War 2. Conference at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force in London. U.S. Generals George Marshall, Henry H. Arnold and British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery meet at SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). Montage of war scenes: British Lancaster bombers taking off. Monitors working in a British Command Post. U.S. B-17 bombers in daylight missions over Germany. Allied pilots and crew members in aircraft. B-17 aircraft at high altitudes leaving contrails behind. Bombs bursting on German industrial targets. Allied agents being airdropped over France. Allied one-man submarines, torpedo boats and Commandos sampling French beaches and soil conditions for ability to support 30-ton tanks. British airman loading reconnaissance cameras into an aircraft. Arms and equipment being air dropped to indigenous resistance forces in Nazi-occupied Europe. Mulberry floating harbor segments being designed and built to create invasion ports. Allied landing craft training in Devon, England. Allied aircraft strafing a German ship. Meteorological equipment assessing weather along the invasion coast. Wire netting to pave the beaches. Underwater pipelines to carry gasoline or petrol to France. Allied armored vehicles bearing the White Star. Troops being inoculated or vaccinated. Newly built ship going down the ways at an Allied ship yard that builds Navy warships. View of British intelligence officers with headsets at radio equipment, and personnel monitoring German broadcasts. Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran, where the Big Three are seen meeting to finalize invasion plans. Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill sitting on the porch of the Embassy building, in 1943. General Eisenhower and Allied Military leaders planning the D-Day invasion. General Omar Bradley, sitting with a British admiral. General Bernard Law Montgomery Aerial view of formation of U.S. Army Air Force B-17 aircraft, flying through Flak bursts. Pilots in B-17 cockpit .Bombs striking German targets. Polish, Scenes including gun camera footage of Czech, and British in Spitfire aircraft striking German railroads and marshaling yards. B-26 bombers and gunner attacking German Luftwaffe Me-109 aircraft.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 26 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Planning and execution of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in World War II.

View of a port in England, filled with Allied ships and boats to carry war materiel for Allied forces preparing to invade Europe during World War 2. A barrage balloon aloft overhead. Yards full of military rolling stock. Scene shifts to Whitehall Government buildings around the The Cenotaph war memorial in London, England. Inside the British military headquarters the Allied High Command is gathered to plan the invasion of Europe. Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower is pointing at a wall map, as senior Allied commanders, including British Marshal Bernard Montgomery, look on. Next, Americam P-47 fighter planes, in D-Day paint stripes take off from an airdrome. Officers watch takeoffs from control tower porch. Views from Allied aircraft gun cameras show strafing from low altitudes destroying German ground targets, including railroads and airfields. A formation of American B-26 bombers in flight overhead. Lines of communication such as road junctions being destroyed by bombing. Glimpse of copilot at controls in a bomber. Scene shifts to June 6, 1944 and the Allied invasion fleet underway across the English Channel. Allied warships bombarding the shores of Normandy, France. Landing Craft Tank (Rocket) firing salvos of rockets. Animated mat shows the invasion forces striking the defenses of the German West Wall. View of British and American soldiers wading ashore from landing craft, and some falling to German gunfire at the shoreline. View of German defenders firing from inside a German fortification. German soldiers firing machine guns from protected places overlooking the beaches of Normandy. Trapped American soldiers firing upwards toward the German positions in cliffs overlooking the beach. Later views of Allied troops in combat further inland. Animated map shows area of allied penetration after 19 days of bitter fighting. Allied Armor, trucks, and supplies moving inland from the beachhead. Barrage balloon above the improvised ports. Allied troops heading toward the port of Cherbourg and guns firing in that battle. American M8 Greyhound armored personnel carriers proceeding into the town of cherbourg. closeup of American soldiers firing small arms. Soldiers firing a howitzer point blank. The last of the German garrison troops surrendering under a flag of truce, on June 27, 1944. Large group of German prisoners of war with hands clasped over their heads, being escorted under guard from Cherbourg. Docks and facilities needing repair to make the port serviceable. U.S. Army engineers welding port facilities. Closeup of a locomotive operated by French railroad men, moving in the restored port.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 57 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Quebec and Tehran Conferences in World War II. German defenses in the Western Wall. The air war in Europe.

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.

Date: 1944
Duration: 2 min 19 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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