Landing craft loaded with soldiers and equipment establish beachhead in Normandy during D-Day invasion
Normandy France Date:1944, June 6 Duration:5 min 46 sec Sound:Yes
Establishment of a beachhead in Normandy, France during D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy. Mix of some dramatic acting portrayals but mostly actual footage. Barrage balloons over a U.S. ship underway at sea. A sailor puts on his helmet on the deck of a ship. The setting sun in the background. A clock shows 12 midnight. Navy officers and soldiers look at the clock anxiously. The clock shows twenty minutes to six in the morning. Explosions as guns are fired from ships. A man talks over a phone. The rising sun. Barges and landing crafts loaded with soldiers in water. Guns are fired at a coast. Smoke comes out of the stacks of a ship. Aircraft in flight to provide air cover. Rockets are fired at the shore. Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel ( LCVPs ) reach the beach and drop their ramps. Soldiers unload from the crafts. Aircraft provide cover. More landing crafts approach. LCIs ( Landing Craft Infantry) loaded with soldiers reach the beach. Troops going ashore on beaches of Normandy under fire from German shore positions. Views from landing crafts in water near shore as troops run up beaches. Landing crafts return to ships. Debris and dead floating in water near beach. A ragged U.S. flag flutters on a U.S. Coast Guard rescue cutter. The Coast Guards take care of the wounded and the dead. A military officer types on a typewriter while smoking a pipe in the United States. Crates of medical supplies for the soldiers. U.S. Medical Field Units reach the shore. Wounded are carried to hospital ships and transports. Wounded are carried on stretchers. Soldiers come down a net on the side of a ship. Soldiers in a barge. Soldiers wade ashore. A wounded man is carried on a stretcher. Men wade ashore.
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