U.S. 7th Army and French troops recapture French cities during World War 2. French troops parade in Metz. The troops march in formation through the city streets. U.S. Army Major General Walton H. Walker, who led the U.S. Army and the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in the capture of the city from the Germans. General Walker with other officers walks out of a building. French soldiers stand in a formation during a ceremony in which the city is to be returned to the French. In the official ceremony, General Walker returns the city to French Lieutenant-General Andre-Marie-François Dody, acting for his country.The crowd cheers. The Generals walk away. Scene shifts to Strasbourg, where Provost Marshal McIntyre, of the U.S. 7th Army, accepts the surrender of Two German Battalions (5 thousand troops) from their commanding General. The surrendered German soldiers are lined up in the street. German officers waiting to get into trucks. In another sequence, a sign on a street in Belfort reads 'N.463 Montbeliard'. French 1st Army troops on tanks advance through the streets in Belfort. A sign showing the direction to Belfort Castle. French troops fire at the castle in Belfort. Soldiers behind a wall and an M-3 Stuart tank and an anti-tank gun fire from behind the Theatre Granit building at the Belfort Castle. Explosions occur at places in the castle. An underground tunnel of the Belfort Castle is inspected by a French General. Several officers walking with the General. The French flag hoisted on the castle. U.S.Major General Walker proceeding with officers over a bridge. The officers on a path on a hill. Aerial view of buildings.
Doemichen Helicopter testing with the aid of a gas bag. The French Helicopter is launched using balloons for additional lift. Plane rises short distant and then descends. Pilot sitting at controls of helicopter. Other testing of same helicopter showing action as plane swings back and forth like a pendulum, as the Pilot attempts to control it. Men holding the helicopter as it descends to prevent any accident. Testing of helicopter with gas bag lift, men hold on to helicopter and assist in controlling the helicopter.
French troops advance in Belfort, France during World War II. French troops of 2nd Moroccan Division and French 5th Armored Division advance behind an M-4 tank. The soldiers fire 30 caliber light machine guns. A dead German soldier in a ditch. A wounded German soldier lies in a ditch. French soldiers arrive with a group of German prisoners.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. An animated map depicts the German advance across Saar and the Rhine. They close in on Belfort, Verdun, Strassburg, Epinal and Colmar. Explosions near a defense line in the battle field. French troops load guns in the Verdun forts. Soldiers shout out instructions, load and fire artillery guns. Racks full of shells. Soldiers take aim and fire guns. Soldiers operate various machines and equipment. Explosions near railroad tracks. Numerous explosions on hills. Long barrels of artillery guns. German officers brief soldiers with the help of a map on a wall. German infantry crosses a river in motor launches. Firing on either side of the river. Soldiers in boats go across, land ashore and move into wooded area. German troops advance, reduce French strong points. Soldiers fire artillery. German officers ride by in staff cars. Officers and soldiers survey the surrounding hills and landscape. Germans guard French POWs (Prisoners of War). Troops cross a pontoon bridge and enter French forts.
The secret Free French headquarters in Paris during World War 2. Opening scene shows the Lion Of Belfort Statue, at Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris, France. Pedestrians and cyclists are moving through the area. Next are views through the windshield of a car driving around the statue. It drives up a side street, and a passenger is let out. As the car drives away, the passenger enters a building, housing the secret headquarters of the Free French Forces of the Interior (FFI) and goes inside. He proceeds through some anterooms and down several flights of stairs deep into a subteranean room where he is admitted by a man wearing a white FFI armband. He delivers a paper message to one of two men sitting at a table. The information causes various members of the FFI in the headquarters to begin taking actions to plan a mission. A woman transmits the informtion and orders via a teletype machine.
General Jacques Philippe Leclerc of Free French Forces and French troops enter Paris during World War II. French civilians greet arriving French troops. The troops on army vehicle move past crowd lined up on the streets in front of the Lion de Belfort.