Activities of Free French Forces in France during World War II. The French flag at mast. French soldiers look through binoculars. French refugees move along a road in France. The refugees move with their belongings and children. Free French units move barricades to let them pass. A family enters a house. A woman places pieces of wood in the fireplace. The woman and a girl drink. U.S. Troops fire mortars and artillery during advance toward the Siegfried line.
American troops and war correspondents in France, during World War 2. They visit Mont Saint Michel, a small rocky island at the mouth of Couesnon River in Normandy, separating Normandy and Brittany. View of the island with a monastery at the top. War correspondent Robert Capa (of Life and of Time Magazines) looks on and takes pictures. Military jeeps leave the island. Madam Poulard stands under a sign at her Hotel Poulard. Sign for the Hotel and its reputed omelette. Soldiers on the street. Shops and French flags. GIs at the Benedictine Abbey and steepled church. An old French man points. U.S. Soldiers take a tour of the monastery with a woman guide. Steeples, towers, arches and other architectural features of the abbey and monastery. War correspondents including Charles Collingwood, Chicago Daily News' Helen Kirkpatrick, New Yorker Magazine's Joe Liebling (Abbot Joseph Liebling) and Warden Becker. Helen and Charles pose for the camera. Ernest Hemingway, covering for Colliers Magazine, drinks and talks to Bill Walton. War correspondents including Bill Stringer seated and walking on the street. They visit the monastery and take pictures. Civilians on the streets. Tall sticks in sand placed by German forces around the island to prevent Allied planes from landing at low tide. Three war orphan brothers whose parents were killed at the battle of St Lo, play on the beach as their grandmother looks on. Views of the island and patterns on the sand around the island from the receding waters of low tide. St. Malo, Brittany: Field near Saint Malo. American soldiers bathe and swim in a lake. They fool around in the water, taking a break from battle.
United States Army forces rest in Pontaubault on their way to Paris. Soldiers seated on the roadside. They relax and smoke. Destroyed buildings and ruins in the city. U.S. Army soldiers march on the streets and enter St. James (Marche) France, widening the Brittany corridor, as crowds of French citizens welcome them. Soldiers in jeeps and trucks. Market area in the town. Civilians, nuns and children wave out to soldiers. Civilians with flowers and French flags welcome the troops. Soldiers on vehicles as people cheer for them. People gather around as a man pastes a proclamation on the city walls.
Rennes in Brittany falls to Allied troops. Civilians in the streets. Military vehicles pass by. Forces of U.S. General George S Patton liberate the city from Germans. U.S. soldiers in trucks and jeeps as the crowd welcomes them. French policemen among the crowd. U.S. paratroopers freed by the Germans are welcomed back. The troops are greeted and kissed by French women.
Allied troops on the French coast shortly after the Allied Invasion of Europe in World War 2. Abandoned fortifications built by slave labor. A soldier looks at metal fences. Officers and soldiers walk through the fort. German weaponry destroyed by retreating German forces. A soldier walks on rubble in Granville. Observation post of the U.S. Navy. A lighthouse that separates Normandy from Brittany. A U.S. soldier on the lighthouse looks out to the sea.
Rocky cliffs at the Pointe du Raz on the west coast of Brittany France (or Bretagne). Waves crash into rocks at the shore. The lighthouse of "La Vieille" is visible off the rocky point. Numerous sail boats and fishing boats in a quiet harbor, likely in Concarneau.