The occupation and liberation of Paris during World War II. Germany occupies Paris in June 1940. A Nazi flag on the Eiffel Tower. Adolf Hitler with Nazi officers. Germans unfurl the Nazi flag on the Alsace-Lorraine Memorial. Hitler and his officers driven through the Place de la Concorde and past the Arc de Triomphe. Parisians close their shops. A man removes a Vichy poster and scribbles on a wall. Parisians listen to U.S. General Dwight Eisenhower's broadcast from London on June 6, 1944: The Allied task forces advance towards France on D-Day. Naval guns shell Normandy. Allied troops land on the beachhead and advance inland. Some fall to German gunfire. Headquarters of the Paris Underground. Members of the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) discuss, plan, document, prepare grenades, check guns, and wear badges of freedom with the FFI symbol. The French underground barricade streets. Men, women and children build barricades using various material. They inspect their guns and take their positions behind sand bag barricades on sidewalks. FFI soldiers honored. Burning vehicles on the roads. Street fighting between the FFI and the Germans. Corpses on the street. FFI men holding flags. Medics carry a wounded on stretcher. German tanks roam the streets. Wrecked vehicles and war equipment. FFI soldiers fire at German tanks. German snipers fire while French forces equipped by the U.S. are liberating the city. Explosions on the street. Civilians take cover. FFI fighters inspect a German soldier's corpse. They take German prisoners. French troops and military vehicles close in on Paris. Civilians watch and cheer as they enter the city. Barriers built by the FFI are pulled aside to let the troops pass. French forces in American tanks pass the Eiffel Tower. Explosions and machine gun fire during the street fighting. French soldiers fire at Germans hiding in buildings. Several German prisoners. German officers and soldiers surrender. Parisians watch as they are herded to prisons. Prisoners clean street.
U.S. Seventh Army builds a 4.5 inch test rocket launcher using M14 launch tubes in Alsace, France during World War II. U.S. 156th Field Artillery Battalion soldiers adjust the M14 calliope launch tubes mounted on a jeep. The soldiers load the rocket launcher. Elevation is adjusted by a gear near the front seat of the jeep. The driver closes the port cover and wind shield. He makes an electric contact. The 4.5 inch test rocket launcher mounted on the jeep is fired.
Large number of captured German soldiers is marched along a pathway,in Mulhausen (Mulhouse), Alsace, guarded by French soldiers of the 1st Army, during World War 2. They are followed by groups of French irregulars, who also perform guard duties as a contingent of the German soldiers is marched through the center of town, past Mulhouse Cathedral.German prisoners are herded into a narrow alleyway where they are searched and processed by French troops.
French troops operating in Mulhouse, Alsace-Lorraine, France, during World War 2. Burning buildings in village. The spire of a church. Smoke rising from the burnt areas. A man directs several boys to help fight the fire. Village residents fighting fires with buckets of water. Colonial North African infantry of the French 1st Army accompanied by an M4 Sherman tank on street outside gated official-looking building. They enter through gates cautiously. Elsewhere, a local Frenchman pours glasses of white wine for American soldiers sitting in a jeep. Scene shifts to the French troops, along with a cameraman, who are sheltering under sniper fire, near building. Their M4 tank (named "Marne") also provides some cover. Momentary glimpse of German soldiers taken prisoner.
French 1st Army, C.C.1, under Colonel Gruss, moving west along highway D16 through the village of Schwoben. Infantry and armor entering Schwoben, past a sign reading "Tagsdorf" ( a village towards the west) in Alsace, during World War 2. A French soldier pauses by the body of a fallen German soldier. Local French people reentering the town of Sierentz,, some carrying belongings on horse-drawn wagon. The church of St. Martin in the background. Large number of French civilian men march loosely into the town, headed by one carrying the French flag.They wave and smile as they pass the camera. They march past an M10 tank destroyer and several French troops. View from jeep passing roadsign reading "Mulhausen,3.62." (This was located on highway D56 between Zimmersheim and Eschentzwiller.) View from parked jeep as jeeps and armored vehicles enter town. Local people fill the sidewalks to watch as French troops and tanks enter the town. French tricolor flags fly from windows of buildings.
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.