German forces fire at Allied vessels. Battle of Villers-Bocage in World War II
Normandy France Date:1944, June Duration:2 min 4 sec Sound:Yes
German soldiers in France during the Battle of Villers-Bocage of World War 2. A pictorial map showing cities along French coastline. A German soldier looking through binoculars. Allied vessels at sea. German soldiers prepare artillery and fire. Smoke rising from explosions. Soldiers beside artillery. Smoke rising from Allied vessels at sea. Explosions on land and smoke rising. Two soldiers talking. A wrecked landing craft at a beach. Debris of wreckage spread on the beach. A bomb wrecked U.S. LST (Landing Ship, Tank) on the beach and armored vehicles aboard the ship. Vehicles moving along a road. Wrecked British Cromwell tanks and M3 Halftracks along the side of a road. A soldier beside a damaged tank. Wide shot of a Stuart light tank. A damaged signboard which reads 'Villers Bocage'. Damaged buildings on the street of Villers-Bocage and a wrecked Tiger tank beside the buildings. Debris strewn on the ground and a damaged tank among the debris. A damaged tank with its front part into a building. A British helmet in the debris on a Cromwell tank. (Note: During this battle, On june 13th, 1944, German tank commander, Michael Wittmann, in a single Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger tank reportedly destroyed up to 14 tanks and 15 personnel carriers along with 2 anti-tank guns. Many were of the British 22nd Armored Brigade of the 7th Armored Division, AKA the 'Desert Rats'.)
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