U.S.troops advance to Saint Lo in operation Cobra. U.S. 3rd Army advancing rapidly into Rennes, France, in World War II
France Date:1944 Duration:3 min 16 sec Sound:Yes
Map showing path of Allied advance after D-day invasion in World War 2. German Marshal Rommel with staff. German artillery and armor firing. American heavy artillery, armor, and infantry advancing toward St. Lo in operation Cobra. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, Lieutenant General Lesley James McNair, and Major General J. Lawton Collins, walking near the battle front. U.S. Army Air forces B-26 bombers dropping bombs at the front lines.(General McNair was killed by friendly bombers on July 25th in these operations.) U.S. infantry entering Saint Lo. House to house fighting and German soldiers taken prisoner.U.S.Sherman tanks firing point blank at houses and buildings.Large number of German prisoners being marched under guard with their hands over their heads. A wounded Allied officer being helped into a vehicle. Women and children refugees walking and in horse drawn wagons.French woman sorts through rubble trying to salvage some belongings. African American tank crewmen of the 761st Tank Battalion, operating with the U.S. 3rd Army, seen relaxing against a stone wall; cleaning their tank guns; and driving their Sherman tanks at high speed along dirt roads.General George Patton, Commander of the 3rd Army, looking through binoculars. French civilians waving enthusiastically as American armor drives through their villages. American forces arriving in Rennes, France, greeted by huge crowds and church bells ringing.
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