There was another reason why the Library of Congress wanted the original films. They are a treasure trove of historic video of the aftermath of D-Day.
They contain cockpit video of American fighter planes in dogfights over the skies of France and Germany.
There is also footage of American planes taking out German convoys on the ground and attacks on ships.
The photographer also documents American soldiers on the ground in their advance across the French countryside.
The film has been called a national treasure, and will be available for future historians. Link (with video clips) -Thanks, SenorMysterioso!