NORMANDY, THE AIRBORNE INVASION OF FORTRESS EUROPE
ARC Identifier 65988 / Local Identifier 342-USAF-19674. Summary: World War II scenes starting out with CU of Army Field Order No. 1, IX Troop Carrier Command, then shifts to a group of high ranking officers looking at Mosaic of Europe. Shows the joint chiefs of Staff at Shape Headquarters sitting around a long table talking. Shows paratroopers loading jeeps and small armament into gliders and cargo planes pulling gliders loaded with men and equipment. Also shows mass parachute drops, mass glider flight, and glider takeoffs and landing. Shows Gen Eisenhower talking with enlisted personnel. (USAF By Army Air Force Combat Film Service, WWII). Reel 1: HEADQUARTERS, ATS COMMAND, WRIGHT FIELD, OHIO. 1) CU Air Force general seated at desk-sign below same "Lt Gen William S. Knudsen." 2) CU General Knudson delivering intrduction speech about film to be presented. THE AIRBORNE INVASION OF FORTRESS EUROPE. FROM THE ARMY AIR FORCES COMBAT FILM SERVICE PICTURE, D Z NORMANDY. 3) CU Field Order No. 1, 9th Troop Carrier Command. 4) CU page of Field Order No. 1. Par. 2-"9th Troop Carrier Command will transport and resupply parachute glider elements of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division and will be prepared to transport elements of the British 1st Airborne Division as directed. 5) CS man stamping Field Order, "Top secret". 6) CS Capt. of the 82nd Airborne Division briefing men using mosaic showing terrain. 7) CS animation of location or principle cities in Europe: London, Berlin, Talais, Paris, LeHavre. 8) Animation of coastal defenses on European continent. 9) PS giant concrete coastal gun emplacement. 10) PS large German railroad coastal gun being moved up out of the concrete shelter, German gun troops preparing to fire same. 11) Several quick scenes of various coastal gun defenses showing concrete structures, sandbag structures, and shots of a concrete base gun turret revolving. 12) CS huge coastal guns protruding from concrete gun emplacement. 13) PS huge steel and concrete tank barriers stretched across land. 14) PS large concrete and steel structure built along coast preventing assault craft from landing. 15) CS interior staff officer planning level, United Nations, representatives at table. 16) MS chiefs of staff of the United Nations conferring at large table. Marshall and Arnold sit near head of table. 17) Animation of invasion area near LeHavre. 18) PS from air of large airfield in Africa showing C-47 taking off towing glider. Large area covered with gliders and C-47s. 19) GS of C-47s taking off towing gliders from airfield in Africa for the invasion of Sicily. Troops being transported from British 1st Airborne and the American 82nd Airborne Division. 20) ADS dust raised as the aircraft takes off from desert airfield. 21) AS of other C-47s in flight towing gliders. 22) AS of C-47s towing gliders over water. 23) ADS of four C-47s towing gliders, low altitude over water. 24) Several CUs demolished gliders on airfields-gliders used in invasion of Sicily. Glider crack-up due to pilot inability to stop prior to crashing into obstacle or crashing into ditches. INFORMATION TAKEN FROM FILM: Much information learned on glider operations from this field. Development of air brake and better control on gliders for future operation. 25) CS of gliders crashed in open field along coast and on edge or water showing demolished conditions of same. 26) CS glider lying, mostly submerged, along coast; fuselage, fabric torn from same, wing section badly damaged. 27) PS of dead paratrooper lying on edge of water near demolished glider. 27) AS C-47s in formation above clouds. 29) CU interior of aircraft showing parachutist jumping out of same. Jump scene in New Guinea. 30) AS interior aircraft showing multi-parachute jump in New Guinea. 31) AS formation of C-47s flying through clouds. 32) LS parachute jump in New Guinea. 33) CS instructor and paratroopers receiving training in the United states. 34) CS two men attaching link nose chain to glided. Name on glider, "Griswald Nose" used to protect glider and reinforce same during landing. 35) CS parachute arrester attached to rear underside of glider; parachutist pulling same from holder. [...] Good. Department of Defense. Department of the Air Force. (09/26/1947 - ) Made possible by a donation from John and Paige Curran.