Combat Bulletin Number 6
(Invasion of Southern France)
1. Invasion of Southern France: A fleet of 800 Allied ships assemble for the invasion of Southern France. Navy Secretary Forrestal meets with the US Naval Command. Thousands of airborne troops take off in gliders and land behind Nazi lines near the Riviera. Thousands of paratroopers take off in C-47s and land behind German lines. Airborne forces establish contact with French partisans. The 454th Bomber Group is briefed before the invasion. Light and heavy bombers hit German strongholds in Southern France while fighter planes strafe ground targets. Allied naval vessels shell the southern coast of France. French troops take part in the initial landings. Supplies and reinforcements are quickly brought ashore. Allied forces capture German anti-invasion defenses. An Allied LST is hit by a German radio-controlled flying bomb. Engineers construct an airstrip in a vineyard. The original beachhead force fans out east and west. 2. Northern France: American forces rest before the push for Port de Beau on August 3rd. American forces enter Saint James and capture Bern on August 4th. American paratroopers captured on D-Day are liberated. Nazi collaborators are rounded up by French patriots. Liberation ceremonies take place in Rheims. A German ordnance depot filled with substantial quantities of supplies near Rheims is abandoned by fleeing Germans. 3. Operations in Burma: Heavy monsoons wash out Allied bivouac areas in Kamaing, Mogaung Valley. Chinese forces ferry captured Japanese equipment across the Mogaung River. US engineers modify jeeps for train tracks on the Myitkyina Railroad. The first all-British unit serving under General Stilwell sees action in Burma. US P--40s are loaded with bombs for strikes on the Japanese in Burma. Captured Japanese equipment near Kamaing. Chindits relax after a long campaign. General Stilwell is met by General Frank Merrill at Colombo, Ceylon. 4. US offensive against the Marianas. US aircraft leave carrier flight decks to soften up the Japanese before the invasion. Japanese bombers try to knock out elements of the US Naval Task Force. A crippled US plane returns to a carrier. USA, 1944, B&W, 37 minutes.
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