Wakulla Springs and World War II Troop Maneuvers


In this 1940s film, made in northwest Florida in color but without sound, U.S. Army troops practice slogging through a cypress swamp, make a human chain across the river, crawl on their bellies, and use weeds and Spanish moss for camouflage. The troops fire machine guns, shoot from trees, and swim in an assault across the river. As the troops hit the shore, smoke screens are seen and explosions hit the water. Other shots show a machine-gun team on shore, followed by scenes of the troops swimming with bamboo poles as floats. Troops with guns and helmets practice ducking under the water as they swim across the river, and float gear using tent canvas and poles for rafts. An amphibious vehicle tows troops in the water. Soldiers jump from a tower, swim through flames on the water, set off smoke bombs, and swim through more flames. They also practice jumping from the deck of a rusty derelict ship (possibly at Carrabelle). The action then moves back to Wakulla for soldiers posing in camouflage uniforms and more wading across the river.

Last updated: May 20, 2016