A look at American soldiers and their families based in Germany - their everyday and professional lives.
The largest peacetime army on foreign soil - a look at the life and work of American soldiers and their families in Germany.
Various shots, looking over a river, of a quaint town surrounded by hills. L/S of ruined castle on a hill top. M/S of a tram passing through an old square. Zoom out from a policeman directing the traffic. M/S of German street signs, tilt down to signs for American military base. L/S of a car driving into the headquarters for the United States Army in Europe. Point of view shot from inside the car, a guard salutes as it passes. Various shots of canons being fired. L/S of a battalion of soldiers on a parade ground, we see Stanley Resor, Secretary of the Army, inspecting the gun crew. C/U of a press photographer snapping away. Various shots of a military marching band.
Various shots of airmen in flight gear swinging on a trapeze, part of pre-flight test at the Wiesbaden Airborne Training School. M/S of airmen jumping out of a helicopter shell into a sandpit, perfecting their exit technique. M/S of airmen jumping from a low platform, Pogo, the mascot Cocker Spaniel follows. Various L/Ss of men jumping out of a high tower, they swing from elasticised rope and slide down a cable to the ground.
Panning shot across a large car park to an American style shopping mall. C/U of street signs - "Washington Strase", "New York Strase". M/S of a woman carrying shopping bags coming out of the shopping centre. M/S of an officer posting a letter in a U.S. mail box. A housewife is seen doing her washing in a laundrette. M/S of people going in and out of 'Drug Store'. Various shots of two small boys eating hot-dogs in a fast food restaurant. Panning shot across the lot for "All State Motor" - lots of big American cars.
Panning shot across rows of tanks at Hohnfels Training Area. Various shots of soldiers working on the tanks. C/U on caterpillar wheels rolling over dirt track. A tank is being used as a crane to lift a large engine into a tank shell. Zoom in on an American tank rolling down a German autobahn, various shots of tank.
L/S of a military hovercraft going across a lake at dusk - the hovercraft has flat metal sections attached to their roofs, soldiers are seen fixing them together to create a makeshift bridge. As night falls, military vehicles are seen driving over the bridge.
Various shots of American children, some carrying toy guns, going into the Elementary School. Various shots of typically American street signs . L/S of an airman walking past a chapel. Panning shot going along army families' houses. Various shots of an American football game watched by a group of men and boys.
Various shots of jeeps and tanks going across wild scrub land - part of an army exercise. The vehicles are covered in foliage, camouflage, smoke flares explode around them, various shots of foot soldiers running and firing guns around wooden shelters - very convincing battle scenes.
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