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Combat Bulletin #17: Invasion Of Southern France, Etc. 1944


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U.S. Army newsreel Combat Bulletin #17, 1944. Shows combat activities in August, 1944 including Operation Dragoon.

Title Cards:

  • Mediterranean: Invasion Of Southern France
  • C.B.I.: Operations In Burma
  • Pacific: Japs Attack Task Force

Description at the National Archives:
"(Reel 1:) Part 1: Ships assemble in the Mediterranean (August 15). Troops on ships check equipment; shows Secretary Forrestal. Gliders and paratroops land en masse and contact French patriots. The 451st Regiment [No - 451st Bomb Group.] fights near St. Raphael. Reinforcements are unloaded. Shows captured positions (Reel 2:) and a bombed ship. Engineers make an airstrip.
Part 2: (SFR only) Rockets are fired from a launcher mounted on a tank.
Part 3: (CB Part 2:) In Northern France, British forces lay cable across the channel to Cherbourg (SFR only). U.S. troops return radios to French citizens. German POW working parties repair railroads and handle supplies (SFR only). Troops are welcomed at Rennes; shows collaborationists and captured German supplies. Towns fall between Rennes and Laval (SFR Reel 3:). Shows the battle for St. Malo. British troops advance in the Caen area (CB Reel 3:). Tanks clear mine fields, advance, use flamethrowers, and occupy towns.
Part 4 (CB Part 3:) In Northern Burma vehicles are ferried across a flooded river. A railroad bridge is repaired (SFR Reel 4:). Jeeps pull men and supplies in railroad cars. P-40's take off and dive-bomb enemy positions. Chindits leave the jungle, eat, and receive medical care. Chinese troops train in China and (CB Reel 4:) simulate combat. General Merrill greets General Stilwell at Columbo, Ceylon (July 31).
Part 5: (SFR Reel 5: CB Part 4:) A seaplane is catapulted from a carrier and fighters take off."

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