Montage of scenes related to role of 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and 9th Troop Carrier Command before D-day, World War II
France Date:1944, June 5 Duration:10 min 4 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. troops wade ashore at Omaha Fox Green Beach on D-Day, from landing craft of USS Samuel Chase (APA 25). .An idyllic English village, June 5, 1944. C-47 aircraft towing a Waco CG-4 glider over shelters made of wooden shipping containers. "Shanty Town" written atop one tall structure. Glider being pulled out a shipping container. Soldiers moving into empty shipping container. Glimpse of their homemade barrack. soldiers eating a meal inside a shipping container shelter. Soldiers at barber shop. German defenses on French coast. German gun crews drilling. German rail gun. Animated map of German fortifications. Allied officers, including U.S. Major General Lewis Hyde Brereton, Commander, 9th Air Force and British Air Marshal Arthur Coningham, Commander, 2nd Tactical Air Force, in D-day planning. Airborne troops board buses and arrive at restricted airfields. Troops playing in jazz band; exercising on field; and playing volleyball. Paratroopers reading mail. Airmen painting D-day stripes on C-47. French francs issued to paratroopers. Troopers sharpen knives and bayonets. Chaplains conduct religious services. General Dwight D. Eisenhower visiting 101st Airborne troopers. Airborne Pathfinders. Paratroopers march to C-47s, and don parachutes. Troopers of the 101st Airborne,506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company Demolition Section ("Filthy 13") in their Mohawk Indian haircuts. Clarence Ware puts war paint on Charles Plaudo, using still-wet paint from their C-47's D-day stripes. Heavily laden paratrooper help one another board airplanes. Pathfinder C-47s taking off at dusk, followed by all others, on June 5, 1944. formations of C-47s. Closeup of several planes. Paratroopers exiting C-47s. Formation of towed gliders. Gliders landing in field. Troops from gliders engaging in fire fights. Naval gun barrage.
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