Allied Invasion of Avignon, Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II in 1944. Bomb damaged buildings and ground installations in Avignon. Empty streets. French Forces of the Interior (FFI) await for arrival of American troops.
French Marshal Philippe Petain presented Avignon city keys in France during World War 2. The Chief of State of Vichy France Marshal Philippe Petain emerges with Avignon officials from a building. Avignon officials present the keys of the city to Petain. Avignon residents in elaborate traditional costumes during the ceremony. Officers and civilians watch the proceedings. Petain's motorcade moves through the city. Civilians gathered on either side of the streets. People on the streets and in balconies cheer and greet him. Petain waves and acknowledges the crowd from his convertible. Motorcycle escorts around the convertible. Guards control the crowd.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
U.S. Army soldier reads newspaper while listening to radio. Soldiers doing their respective chores, listen to AFN (American Forces Network) Radio. General Marshall and General Eisenhower announce the creation of AFN, in 1942. July 4, 1943, the first broadcast of AFN. General Eisenhower mingling with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, on the eve of D-day. U.S. B-26 aircraft in flight. United States soldiers aboard landing craft and wading ashore at Normandy, France, on D-day, June 6, 1944. Soldiers tuning radios in the field. United States Sherman tanks and infantry move along country road in France. Audio includes portions from AFN broadcasts, including an announcer saying "You are listening to AFN Paris. This is the American Forces Network, on the road to Berlin." Road sign points to St. Lo. Group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a jeep with a radio, listening to AFN, in Germany.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
View of Canadian troops on D-Day huddled in a landing craft approaching Juno beach in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944, in World War 2. The landing craft reaches the beach and all the Canadian infantry leave the boat, two or three at a time, and wade ashore during the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Steel obstacles placed by the German forces can be seen on the beach. Several houses, stand along the beach. The troops advance toward them.