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.
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 Prime Minister Clemenceau visits Alsace-Lorraine, France. People gather in a large number to greet the Prime Minister. A sign at the top of building reads : 'Depart'. Children wave hands. A car passes on a street. Buildings along the sides of the street. People walk along the street. Cars arrive at a building. Dignitaries stand outside the building.
German prisoners of war in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine, France after World War II. A vehicle outside a building on a street in Strasbourg. American and German officers coming out of the building and boarding the vehicle. The officers holding baggages in their hands. The officers getting down from the vehicle. German Commander of Strasbourg Major General Vatterrodt talking to Major McIntire and Captain R. H. Huret. A building in the background. Several German prisoners of war along the side of the road in front of a building. German officers beside a U.S. Army truck. The German prisoners of war getting into the U.S. Army truck. More German prisoners of war lined up to get into trucks to be taken to prisoner of war camps.
Citizens of Paris celebrate the return of Alsace-Lorraine to French rule in Paris, France. French and American flags atop a building. A biplane is seen flying near the Egyptian Obelisk in Place de la Concorde. Onlookers sit on a World War I era tank. A man waves an American flag and bugle with the Paris Arc de Triomphe in the background.