German coastal defenses against Allied invasion of Normandy and the battle of Villars Bocage, France, in World War II
France Date:1944 Duration:2 min 20 sec Sound:Yes
A brief promotional scene of German troops, in class A uniforms, marching 9-abreast with shouldered rifles. A map of the English Channel with key cities shown along the French Coast. View from shore, of Allied invasion forces off the coast of Normandy, in World War 2.. German soldier runs to a coastal defense gun, which then fires toward the invasion fleet. View of obstacles placed in surf at the beach. German coastal guns fire at Allied beachhead and ships offshore. Allied ship burning. German gunner seen inside the gun emplacement. Large explosion in water near shore. Destroyed invasion force equipment on the beach. abandoned Allied landing craft with numerous Army vehicles on board. Complete new sequence showing aftermath of the battle of Villers-Bocage, France. Destroyed Allied military equipment lines a road there, including many British Morris army trucks. One destroyed armored vehicle bears insignia of U.S. 2nd Armored Division, with names Betty, Joyce, and Sadie written on it. A German soldier walks past an American M3 halftrack with its right wheel jacked up and jerry cans stored on its side. A line of knocked out British armored trucks. An Allied soldier's shoe and flattened steel helmet. Sign at roadside reads: Villars, Bocage. Knocked out M3 Stuart light tank. Destroyed British Cromwell tanks on streets of the town of Villers-Bocage A British helmet on the ground in midst of debris near destroyed tank treads.
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