Montage of scenes involving military equipment and operations emphasizing signal corps communications
European Theater Date:1943 Duration:2 min 52 sec Sound:Yes
'The Signal Corps Fights' depicts the role and contribution of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in combat and war. Montage of military equipment and combat scenes (some staged). Opens with glimpses of: massed formation of U.S. Army soldiers; similar formation of bombs in a munitions factory; row of P-47 fighter planes parked on an airfield; a huge radar antenna; battery of U.S. 120 mm M1 anti-aircraft guns; troops marching toward the camera; Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft dropping bombs, that explode on the ground; formation of German He 111 bombers in flight; U.S. battery of 120mm anti-aircraft guns firing; gun camera views of U.S. fighter strafing German aircraft on the ground, and attacking a German Messerschmitt bf 109 head-on (The tail is blown off and the pilot bails out at the last instant); fire engulfing some soldiers. Next, a soldier is seen at a large signal corps field telephone switchboard, and other communications switchboards are shown with operators. Momentary glimpse of troops, ostensibly engaged in combat. A soldier communicating from under a camouflage netting, and one holding a rifle and talking in a phone as he strings wire from a spool in his backback. A german soldier ostensibly cutting a U.S. communications cable that he discovers in the field. A U.S. soldier crawling along the line to find and repair the damage, followed by a staged "attack" by the German soldier. They engage in a knife fight. Soviet infantry advancing on the Eastern Front. Soviet T-34 tanks advancing. Soviet soldiers engaged in combat. An unusual U.S. tank with two guns, and side protection over track wheels. M3 Stuart light tanks going down hill with infantry in france during World war 2. Hand of signal corps soldier using a key to send morse code message. Soldier in bunker using field telephone. Signal corps soldiers communicating with field switchboards during combat. Momentary glimpse of German Messerschmitt bf 109 and another aircraft speeding past. Bomb exploding. Huge clouds of black smoke billowing, behind camouflaged German military vehicles parked. Twisted frames of German wrecked vehicles and rail cars. Huge number of German soldiers marshaling to retreat from advancing Allies. German officers conferring.
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