Planning and execution of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, in World War II.
Cherbourg Normandy France Date:1944 Duration:3 min 57 sec Sound:Yes
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.
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