Coast Guard at War - Normandy Invasion Part 2
D-Day - Night shots bombers taking off - aircraft in flight formation - dropping incendiary bombs over France. Parachute regiments jumping from planes - sky filled with parachutes. H-30mins Battleships firing, men down landing nets into landing craft. Landing craft heading for shore under cover of Battleship fire.
21:38:05 H Hour Landing craft stopped by under water obstacles, troops have to wade waist deep in sea for beach. Larger landing craft approach beachhead, troops waiting. H+65 min Aboard LCIs troops prepare to land - wading through water under enemy fire. LSTs out of enemy firing range waiting to move in. On the beaches, military equipment moving in. LCIs return to transport ships to ferry more troops inshore. LSTs unload supplies on to LCTs - military equipment off loaded. Rhino ferry carrying heavy equipment. Men driving jeeps off landing craft. Mass of troops on the beaches - military trucks. German troops now prisoners of war duck from incoming fire. Coastguard rescue boats searching for survivors - pick up man.
21:41;35 Hospital ship, wounded carried on stretchers. Injured man on stretcher transferred to ship along with plasma transfusion drip. Crippled Coast Guard LCI - wounded removed for transfer to hospital ship. Stretchers lowered four at a time onto deck
21:42:44 Pan over beach head - damaged ships. Troops marching inland. LSTs landing cargo - trucks, tanks and military equipment. Barges built especially for D-Day on shore being unloaded.
21:44:35 Night shots Anti Aircraft guns / Ack Ack firing at German planes. Day - Artificial harbours. (Mulberry ?) Bad weather, sea lashing against temporary harbour. Men transferring over water using rope to climb along. Damaged ships after storm. Landing barges move out into Channel loaded with German prisoners. POWs back in England board Coastguard transport ship ships at sea carrying POWs to America.