Allied aircraft bomb the city of Caen in France as Germans prepare to engage invading Allied forces.
Caen France Date:1944 Duration:3 min 37 sec Sound:Yes
German forces defend against invading Allies, in France, during World War II. German antiaircraft batteries swing into action. A German soldier looks through binoculars at high altitude formations of Allied aircraft in flight over the city of Caen, France. Anti aircraft guns being fired at the airplanes. U.S. Army Air Forces B-26 aircraft seen in formation dropping bombs at lower altitude. Smoke rises from bomb bursts. German gunners fire FLAK vierling 38 antiaircraft gun from an open railway car. German soldiers look at the B-26 bombers as they fly overhead in several flights of 6 aircraft each. Several German FW-190 fighter aircraft pass overhead and engage the U.S. bombers at high altitude, leaving myriad contrails visible in the sky. American Air Forces aircraft attack over a bay of the Seine River. German antiaircraft fire continues. An FW-190 aircraft passes low overhead. Burning wreckage of an airplane in the forest. In the city of Caen, a tall monument can be seen, still standing, topped by a winged figure holding aloft a laurel wreath in each hand. Residents leaving the city of Caen carrying all their belongings. Damaged buildings in the city. German troops move about the city in trucks and on motorcycles. German Pz.IV's of Panzer Lehr Division advance with intent to surround the invading Allied forces. German troops firing heavy field artillery. Allied paratroopers being taken prisoner in a field of flowers. Wrecked Allied Sherman Firefly tank on a field. Sweat shirt displayed with "Canadian Armoured Corps" written on it.
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