A U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in the Village of Bru, France, during World War II
France Date:1944, October Duration:3 min 18 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Members of a Reconnaissance patrol, of U.S. soldiers, are seen walking slowly through the small French village of Bru (about 3 miles east of the town of Rambervillers) during World War 2. There doesn't seem to be an established road, as such, but a road sign is erected reading "Bru." A large tree stands nearby. Modest dwellings are seen and a power line pole, as well as a very tall power and/or communications tower. Two soldiers read their notes to another, sitting in an M8 armored car, who reports by radio phone. Another soldier also sits in the armored car. Several army vehicles move along an established road, followed by a jeep, backing along the road, closer to the camera. Closeup of the jeep, stopped in the road, as 3 passenger soldiers look over the area (one using binoculars). The driver seems occupied looking down at the road near the rear of the jeep. A Browning M1919 machine gun is mounted in the jeep. Closeup of soldier with binoculars. Several soldiers walk past a parked jeep. Others stand around the M8 armored car. Glimpse of a soldier standing near the "Bru" road sign. View of narrow tree-lined French country road, on which several soldiers sit on parked jeep. Closeup of them riding on the jeep as it backs along the road. (Reportedly, because the road is narrow, tree lined, and soft on the verges, the Recon vehicles drive backwards into the area, so they can escape quickly if necessary.)
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