History of 1st Infantry Division, or Big Red One, focusing on deployment and action during Operation Torch in North Africa
United States USA Date:1942, November Duration:3 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Colonel William Wilson Quinn introduces an episode of "The Big Picture" that tells about the history of the 1st Infantry Division of the United States, called the "Big Red One." We see the boots and the shoes that 1st Infantry soldiers wore beginning with the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War, the First World War and the Second World War. Recruits are shown in training during World War 2 before deploying overseas in Operation Torch and the invasion of North Africa. Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division, General Terry Allen, is seen during the Division's deployment to North Africa in World War II. Soldiers relaxing aboard troop ship. Naval barrage at night followed by amphibious assault on coast of Algeria. Animation shows the target areas of the division as they capture Oran. German counter attack is seen with bombers, tanks, and artillery. American soldier standing with rifles shooting at low-flying German aircraft that are bombing their position. Scenes of German and American gun crews firing. Nazi German General Rommel seen in his staff car. Animation shows route of the Division with others towards the North. Heavy nighttime gunfire is seen. American soldiers meet and greet British troops of General Montgomery's 8th Army.
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