Allied attack and German defensive actions during the Allied invasion of Normandy, France.
France Date:1944, June 6 Duration:9 min 22 sec Sound:Yes
German newsreel about the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. English narration overlaid by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. German people read bulletin boards and newspapers describing the invasion. A map shows location of England and Germany. Information of assault broadcast in Germany by German radio stations. Announcers shown relaying information at switchboards. Alarm bells ring and German troops in bunkers grab rifles and stand ready to proceed. German antiaircraft guns and artillery fired at incoming Allied aircraft and and explosions seen at night. Allied Airborne troops incoming, according to narration, as nighttime artillery barrage conintues. Naval units near mined waters. Germans in fortifications fire artillery and machine guns. Heavy canons are fired at Allied troop units. Allied naval ships as seen from German perspective on shore in early morning light on D-Day. Shells are loaded into artillery and railroad guns and fired on the Allied warships from German gun emplacements and fortifications on the coast of France. British troops land on shore near the River Orne at the Normandy village of Ouistreham. Heavy bombardment from both sides. Germans examine Allied Landing Craft on the beach. Commentator says the British troops in them were annihilated or taken prisoner. Camoflauged German tanks move into position and fire on invading Allied ground troops. German forces pass wrecked gliders and an Allied parachute hung up in a tree. Allied Airborne troops are shown taken as prisoners by German forces and marched. Pan view of many Allied gliders, some crashed in a large field. British gliders seen. Close views of crashed gliders. German forces roll an intact Allied jeep out of a crashed glider and drive it away. Captured prisoner Canadian troops seen. Shoulder patch of one reads "North Nova Scotia Highlanders", and on another reads "1 Canadian Parachute Battalion Airborne". Interrogation of captured Canadian troops is seen. German holds a prisoner's "Soldier's Pay book".
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