Allied invasion force departs England en route to France for invasion of Normandy, in World War II.
England Date:1944, June 5 Duration:3 min 47 sec Sound:Yes
D-Day minus 1 (June 5, 1944) U.S. Invasion craft jammed into harbor at Weymouth, England, the day before D-day, during World War 2. Troops sitting on deck of LSI(L) 88, drinking coffee and playing dice game. One soldier looking through binoculars, at an English woman,in doorway of her flat, who is looking back through her binoculars. Several other women in the flat complex are hanging laundry out to dry.The American soldier cups his hands and tries to call out to the woman.One of his friends joins in the fun. Scene shifts to Formation of U.S. B-26 bombers in flight. A city is viewed from a bomber, with smoke rising from bomb bursts. Formation of U.S. B-17 bombers escorted by P-47 fighters. Scene shifts back to troops at port of embarkation, where large group is seen at a Catholic mass being held on a pier by U.S. chaplain.LCI(L)s numbers 49, 89, and 93, are seen tied up in background. A U.S.Coast Guard officer briefs his crewmen. Several of the invasion fleet ships begin moving out of the harbor. A U.S. Navy Captain, conversing with Major General Clarence R. Huebner, Commander, U.S. 1st Infantry Division, on deck of a ship. Buckley-Class Destroyer escort, in camouflage paint, is seen with other other escorting warships. Barrage Balloons fly aloft. View from LCI(L) departing pier in Weymouth. Several others preparing to depart as well. LCI(L) 498 is seen closeby. Columns of invasion craft underway. Captain Miles Imlay,USCG, deputy commander, Assault Group O-1, and Commander of Flotilla 10, on the bridge of his flagship, LCI(L) 87. The U.S. Attack transport USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) is seen. Soldiers loading rounds into an ammunition belt. Crew members on an invasion ship man an antiaircraft gun (as friendly aircraft fly overhead). An 83-ft Coast Guard rescue cutter. U.S. Battleships. Soldiers napping on deck of the USS Samuel Chase. Below decks, a Coast Guard Commander joins others being briefed with help of a mockup of the Normandy coastline.
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