It gets into combat footage around 23 minutes in, from machine guns raking troops to people jumping off sinking landing craft.
A few highlights:
14:40 arty firing away from their landing crafts
15:50 bitchin gun cam footage
24:30 a dude buried by a shell feebly trying to dig himself out
26:20 we can see that the time-honored tradition of stealing your enemy's boots off their corpse was still alive and well in 1944.
2640 a pair of Renault UE's roll by the camera
The guy that made this gem talks about the film HereFour reels, discovered by researchers at the Eisenhower Library in 2014, were found to contain the first ever documentary of the D-Day landings. Intended as an initial report and produced in only days, the film was screened for military leadership and is mentioned in OSS reports as having been viewed by Winston Churchill, with copies 'flown to President Roosevelt and Mr. Stalin.'
Apparently forgotten in the climactic weeks and months that followed, the film was cataloged as separate, non-sequential reels rather than a single production. The film, lost and forgotten for decades, was digitized by the US National Archives and I have done my best to restore and enhance the footage.
More about the film and it's discovery can be read on the US National Archive's blog: https://unwritten-record.blogs.archives ... cumentary/