Director of Alsace Ecclesiastical Matters looks into the matter of the removal of religious objects from churches in evacuated villages. A Protestant church in an evacuated village in Alsace, France. An automobile stands in front of the church. The Protestant Minister looks at the objects in the church. He is accompanied by men of Garde Mobile. He removes the Bible from the church and comes out.
Director of Alsace Ecclesiastical Matters looks into the matter of the removal of religious objects from churches in evacuated villages in Alsace, France. View of a Jewish synagogue in a village. Other buildings in view. Several articles lying on the ground in the foreground. A rabbi removes objects from the synagogue. Chandeliers hanging in the synagogue. Several candles on stands. The rabbi removes the religious objects and comes out. He is accompanied by men of Garde Mobile. The men load the objects in a truck.
Director of Alsace Ecclesiastical Matters looks into the matter of the removal of the religious objects from churches in evacuated villages in Alsace, France. A Catholic church in a village. A catholic priest removes religious objects from the church. He is accompanied by men of Garde Mobile. They spread a sheet on which all the objects are kept. The objects are loaded in a truck. The priest stands with a rabbi and a Protestant Minister.
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.
Oil fields in Europe. A map of Europe showing location of France. View of the Pechelbronn oil field in Alsace, France. A one star drill in operation at the site. View of the Pechelbronn refinery. Railroad tank cars in far background. Water storage facility around a large smokestack.