After D-day landing on Normandy beaches, allied troops press on into rural France.
Title reads: "Invasion - pictorial reports from France".
D-day landings, Normandy, France.
Point of view shot from landing craft full of British soldiers as they land on the Normandy beaches. Various shots of troops hitting the beaches from landing craft, at least one soldier gets shot. M/S of Sherman tank and bulldozer coming ashore. Various shots of wrecked German gun emplacements. M/S of soldiers with pneumatic drills drilling concrete, they are demolishing German blockhouses.
Various L/Ss allied naval fleet laying barrage, buildings on coast are seen burning. Various aerial shots of bombers dropping bombs over Northern France. Good shots of bombs falling onto the German retreat.
Various shots taken on British warship; General Dwight Eisenhower and Vice Admiral Sir C. G. Ramsey meet General Montgomery (aka Monty or Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery). M/S of amphibious vehicle (DUKW?) driving from sea onto beach, Monty rides in back. Narrator comments on Monty's "characteristic disregard for military convention" - he's wearing a leather jacket and corduroy slacks. Monty steps off vehicles and surveys the beachhead.
Ground to air of shots of glider force being towed over France. Various shots of gliders of 6th British Airborne Division laying in fields where they have crash landed.
Various shots of troops advancing through countryside and villages on the 7th June. Both American and British troops encounter street fighting. French civilians talk to allied troops, giving them information on enemy positions. Various shots Sherman tanks moving slowly through village, a few inhabitants cheer from pavements. The tanks are en route to Caen.
Various shots of German prisoners being rounded up with their hands up. Various shots of a Rhino raft taking the prisoners out to landing craft. Narrator says shots were taken by Jock Gemmel. A German Colonel is amongst this party, his men help him aboard craft. Various shots of the hoards of German prisoners arriving by landing craft on British soil.