German occupation of France during World War 2. The cathedral in Reims, France. Vehicles and a few men on a road in front of the church. Trees lining the road. The railway car in which an armistice agreement was signed by Germany and the Allies at end of World War 1. The Memorial Tablet symbolic of the 1918 armistice, the Alsace-Lorraine, and Ferdinand Foch's Memorial in Compiegne Forest. Ferdinand Foch's carriage in which the first armistice was signed. In 1940 : German troops cross River Marne in rafts. A signboard showing the distances to Paris and Soissons. Another signboard showing the distances to Grand Fitz James and Paris. Troops on tanks moving on roads. A signboard shows distances to Pontarme and Paris. A soldier with a gun on his back. Soldiers moving with carriages on a path between fields. Trees lining the path. German troops moving on tanks advancing deeper into France. The troops on the road in front of the castle in Versailles. The German flag hoisted on a flag pole over the Palace of Versailles and German soldiers occupy the Palace of Versailles.
Crowd fills the Plaza Venezia in Rome where Benito Mussolini appears on the balcony of the Piazza Venezia (formerly known as the Palace of St Mark) in Italy, on June 10, 1940. He announces that Italy has entered World War 2 on the side of the Axis powers. Views of the jubilant crowd waving Italian and some Swastika flags. Next, a road sign points to Paris and to Poissons, in France followed by view of German troops triumphantly entering Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. View of the Eiffel Tower, and of a German flag flying atop it. More views of German troops marching through Paris. A German railway gun firing. (Narrator implies that the target is the Maginot Line, which is not correct. It was bypassed by the Germans, negating need to attack it directly.) Other German railway guns and siege mortars firing and many huge explosions and fires are seen, including some from flame throwers. Next, German troops are seen marching around a circle where a railroad car is parked near Compiègne, France. This rail car is the scene of Germany's surrender to France in World War I. Statue of French Marshal Foch, who had then, received the delegates of vanquished Germany here. Adolf Hitler walking past a German Honor Guard, salutes. He is accompanied by Marshal Hermann Goering and other high ranking military persons. The nearby 1918 "Alsace-Lorraine monument" is covered by a German flag. The German delegation headed by Hitler and Goering, enter the rail car and take their places. Outside, the French delegation, headed by General Charles Huntziger, is escorted by German officers. They enter the car and he German delegation stands. Both delegations exchange salutes. Next, Hitler is seen stepping from the rail car, followed by Goering. The German delegation walks past the honor guard, and Hitler salutes them. German and French officials still in the rail car exchange salutes. Hitler expresses jubilation.
Aviation activities in France during World War I. An observation balloon is launched near the Alsace sector by a French balloon squadron. A formation of French single-engine bi-winged bombers in flight. The French observation balloon in the foreground. Two World War I bi-winged aircraft in flight.
Road repair and construction in Alsace, France during World War I, ensuring supply lines open to advancing Allied forces. Tractor with pulley assembly powers a spinning rock crusher. Men sort rocks and put some into crusher to create gravel for road surface. Men dig and transport earth and rubble on hand pushed rail carts. Men including French soldiers push a trolley on tracks. A cement trolley stationed in the background. A trolley loaded with stones is emptied down the side of a hill. Cattle pull heavy rotating drum along road to level the surface.
United States soldiers of the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division in Austerlitz Woods, Alsace, France during World War I. The soldiers stand in a trench with rifles in hands. A soldier looks through binoculars. They fire rifles at the enemy.
United States soldiers on alert in Michelbach, Alsace, France during World War 1. The soldiers, at the ready, with weapons in hand are in well established trenches reinforced with woven slender tree limbs and sand bags. They are in a forest with what appears to be a footbridge in the background. Troops aim their weapons.