The identity of the attackers still had not been determined tonight. Truck Loaded With TNT According to a Pentagon spokesman, a Mercedes truck filled with some 2,500 pounds of TNT broke through a series of steel fences and sandbag barricades and detonated in the heart of the Marines' administrative headquarters building shortly after dawn. The explosion collapsed all four floors of the building, turning it into a burning mound of broken cement pillars and cinder blocks. Although a marine sentry was able to fire about five shots at the suicide driver and another marine threw himself in front of the speeding, explosive- filled truck, neither could block its entry into the headquarters building, where it exploded in a fireball that left a crater 30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. In a haunting scene late tonight, rescue workers using blow torches, pneumatic drills and cranes worked furiously under floodlights to pry out the dead and wounded still crushed beneath the smouldering debris.
I could hear guns from both sides rapidly being fired off. The sounds of machine guns and bombs blowing up amplified in the shell-hole. The ground beneath me trembled with each explosion, triggering gravel to shower over me. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed someone jumping into the shell-hole; I thought it was someone from my group so I didn’t think anything of it. They lunged towards me and landed on top of me, knocking my gun out of my hand.
The teenagers started shooting at them with the machinegun they counted the soldiers coming out of each. Landing craft there was around 30 troops in each they had to blow up the tank traps (dragons teeth) so the allied tanks could get on the beach. “We have to stop them!” the soldier said “we can’t let them get their tanks on the beach or we’re screwed!” another landing craft was coming towards the beach when it was hit by artillery and exploded. “The MGs out of ammo” the gunner said “go get more from the other bunkers” as soon as the one soldier got out he was shot and killed by a sniper “damn it” the gunner said “we’re going to just have to use our rifles!” just then another larger landing craft drove onto the beach and dropped the ramp and a tank rolled onto the beach and fired at the bunker beside them it hit inside and exploded into flames and the soldiers inside fell out on fire an anti-tank gun fired and destroyed the tank. Then the soldiers heard distant sounds of the allied ships then the commanding officer saw the soldier’s pillbox explode along with other pillboxes.
He was attempting to mentally stop and fight all his instincts, which were telling him to run was physically exhausting. The sound of gunfire made him turn around to face the noise coming from the other direction. His aim and torch following and raising up in unison lighting up a long dark alleyway. The gunfire had stopped as suddenly as it had started. His lips and throat were suddenly dry as he panned that small beam of light around the alleyway.
Bullet ; small metal ball, travels great distances before it reaches its target. It cuts through thick air, strike into somebody’s head, chest and rips up their guts. Or it flies through their bodies as if it was looking for another victim. Here, in the death zone there’s no time for fear and uncertainty. At any point can be hidden explosives.
Relentlessly the tanks and soldiers mowed down the US army troops and left them, screaming on the sandy ground. The hot dog Stand! which had lines as big as the empire state building was robbes of its food and money. The rain tipper in : the once fierce men were now crying. U.S army men were slaughtered and there faces were left pale.
Shot 21 is a medium long shot of Tom and Johnson, showing them both still in shock at the violence. Shot 22 cuts to a low-height medium shot of Dane on all fours, and Casper from the waist down. Just as the thunder claps loudly, Casper shoots Dane in the back of the head and smoke pours from his gun. The thunder rages on through shot 23, tracking in fast to a medium-close up of Tom with Johnson still screaming behind him. The final shot 24 tracks in to a medium close-up of Casper from a low angle.
The sounds of the heavy artillery, bombs exploding and screaming of the soldiers throughout the battle also add to the horror. Spielberg also used the view of the enemy soldiers to show the mass destruction and death that was occurring. It showed that it was effortless for the enemy to just shoot and kill their targets. In the opening part of the scene, we see an old veteran of the war whom is in a French cemetery walking through it to find a certain grave. Whilst he is walking we see a panning shot of all the tombstones, we see a close up of the man’s face where he is tearing up and the camera begins to zoom into his eyes, a flashback occurs of the soldiers all on a boat preparing to face the horror of the war.
There are flashes of shells as they burst and the front line becomes just a blaze of fire. The enemy support trenches defend no man’s land and stop the Hun from coming over. It's entirely a night war from dark 'til dawn, its one continual pounding like heavy drums. The observation balloons do great work in spotting the positions of the enemy guns. They stay up all day.