Combat Bulletin Number 2
(5th Army prepares for the invasion of Anzio / The Big Three Session at Potsdam)
1. At Naples harbor the 5th Army prepares for the invasion of Anzio. The landing of men, supplies and heavy equipment at Anzio. Nazi aerial bombardment of Allied forces at Anzio. American forces clear mine fields and establish a beachhead. 2. Operations in Brittany: US forces shell a Nazi garrison at Cezan Island, near Saint-Malo, with a captured German 155mm howitzer August 18th. After light German resistance, the American 3rd Army enters Nantes August 10th. American forces liberate Aincher, and its citizens destroy the last vestiges of the Nazis. Units of the US Third Army battle elements of the German 7th Army. Allied forces discover 2,000--pound bombs at a German airfield. US forces encircle the German 7th Army. 3. A US armored column enters Alençon August 12th. The Allies advance to Sees. A French-manned American tank is shelled by a German 88mm gun. The Allies enter Argentan August 20th. A Canadian armored division closes a German escape route. French patriots volunteer for service at Mortagne August 13th. The Falaise-Argentan pocket is closed August 19th. Canadian and Polish forces unite at Tours. French forces round up German prisoners as General Elfeldt and his aides surrender. General Eisenhower consults with Secretary of War Patterson, General Somervell, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and General Charles DeGaulle in the Cherbourg Peninsula. 4. Big Three Session at Potsdam: President Truman and Secretary of State Byrnes meet with Stalin and Molotov at Soviet headquarters in Potsdam July 18th. Churchill and Eden are replaced at the conference by the newly-elected Attlee and Bevin. Between sessions Truman meets Generals Eisenhower and Bradley and Admiral Leahy. American and British Chiefs of Staff meet at Potsdam. 5. Activities on Okinawa: A maintenance unit salvages engines from wrecked trucks. M4 thanks are equipped with anti-personnel mines (M2A1). Generals Hodges and Daniels meet at 10th Army Headquarters. The 95th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad disassemble and test-fire captured Japanese incendiary shrapnel rockets. 6. The Little David 914mm mortar is loaded with a T1 projectile and test-fired. USA, 1944, B&W, 33 minutes.
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