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Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States.

U.S. PREPARES MORE PARATROOPS FOR BATTLE,1944: 1. Paratroops train and jump from planes. 2. Gen. De Gaulle presents the Legion of Honor to Gen. Mark Clark. 3. A Navy salvage crane at work off the Atlantic coast. 4. At Hunter College in New York City, WAVES pass in review for Mayor La Guardia. 5. Adms. King and Nimitz visit Saipan. 6. A volcano wrecks homes at Paricutin, Mexico.

U.S. SOLDIERS BECOME CITIZENS AT BATTLEFRONT,1944: 1. Men of the 5th Army receive naturalization papers. Japanese units pass in review. 2. Sergio Osmena is sworn in as President of the Philippines. Manuel Quezon's body heads to the Arlington National Cemetery and there interred. Flashback shows Quezon with Gen. MacArthur. 3. Marines land on Guam.

U.S.TROOPS CONSOLIDATE PACIFIC ISLANDS,1944: 1. Artillery units on Saipan bombard Japanese positions on Tinian. Gen. Holland Smith inspects positions on Guam as Marines advance from pillbox to pillbox. 2. Gen. Devers welcomes Brazilian troops debarking in Naples. 3. Pres. Roosevelt, Gen. MacArthur, Adm. Nimitz, and Adm. Leahy converse on a cruiser anchored in Pearl Harbor. The President witnesses a demonstration of small arms firing. F.D.R. Addresses navy yard workers at Bremerton, Washington.

ALLIES STUDY POST-WAR SECURITY,1944: 1. Cordell Hull, Edward Stettinius, Alexander Cadogan, and Andrei Gromyko attend the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in Washington, D.C. 2. Celebrations in Reykjavik as Iceland becomes a republic. Gen. William Key. 3. Shasta Dam is opened. Views of the dam and its electrical equipment. 4. Japanese planes attack ships off Saipan. U.S. Troops land on islands off New Guinea. Troops fight and supplies are dropped on Guam. Women and children are fed and treated at hospitals.

GRASSHOPPER PLANES ON BOUGAINVILLE,1944: 1. A light plane conducts reconnaissance on Bougainville. Artillery blasts Japanese positions. Infantry units advance. 2. Gov. Dewey welcomes the liberation of Paris. 3. Allied troops invade southern France. A coastal village is occupied after a raging battle between coastal batteries and naval guns. French underground members welcome the allies.

DISTINGUISHED VISITORS TO WASHINGTON,1944: 1. President-elect Grau San Martin, of Cuba, is greeted by Secretary of State Hull in Washington. Dr. Wellington Koo is met by Under-Sec. Stettinius. 2. Australian fishermen making a record catch. 3. Marines in the Pacific round up native cattle. Soldiers eating. 4. Dive bombers hit Japanese positions in Burma. Gens. Stilwell and Merrill.

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