History of famous airplanes and aviators. French aviator Louis Blériot in Calais, France. The pioneer inventor of aircraft is greeted warmly by friends prior to taking off in his first monoplane aircraft, the Blériot XI, in which he was the first to cross the English Channel nearly 20 years earlier. Bleriot gets into the cockpit. The tail structure of the airplane. A flag of France on the tail. 'L Bleriot' written on the tail section. The aircraft taxis across a field past a parked French twin-engined Farman Goliath biplane airliner. The Blériot XI aircraft takes off. A large crowd of spectators watches the aircraft. The next scene shows a large Blériot Bl-127 ( powered by 2 Hispano-Suiza 12Hb, 550 hp, V-12 engines). As it taxis toward the camera, Its "V" configured engines are exposed and clearly visible. A group of spectators is gathered as the pilot and Louis Blériot emerge from a hatch in the airplane. An official greets M. Blériot.
Dover, United Kingdom: The town of Dover in Kent. Men, women and children move to underground shelters. Women play cards and knit. German artillery fired. British soldiers amid ruins. Calais, France: Calais under the Canadians. Man cleans a room. Destroyed bridges. Canadians evacuated across the Calais Canal. Men, women, children, and wounded civilians helped across the canal by soldiers. Wounded lifted into military ambulances. A woman holds her wounded child. Allied airplanes drop bombs over enemy territory. Explosion and smoke due to bombardment. Soldiers examine German artillery and coastal guns. A white flag put up at a surrendered German post.
U.S. 8th Air Force air attacks against France during World War II. Aerial view of U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator aircraft in formation flight. A gunner mans a gun. On June 5, 1944 a B-24 airccraft releases bombs over Calais. The bombs fall in the English Channel. B-24 aircraft drop bombs to strafe enemy beach defenses on the coast of Calais. Billows of smoke rises after the bombs detonate. A convoy of Allied ships underway in the English Channel.
Allied Invasion of Calais, Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II on 21 August 1944. At Calais French civilians root out persons accused of spying for the Germans, and walk them through streets. French town was liberated. Liberated civilians wave at the arrival of the soldiers loaded in trucks.
A military documentary on German 19th Army Tank Corps and Von Kleist group offensive against France during World War II. A map of France shows the Nazi advance into the country. Disrupted life in Calais and Boulonge in France. Wrecked cars and vehicles. Port, smoke rising from an area in distance. Prisoners of war march to the rear. German 19th Army Tank Corp advances further into France.
American Expeditionary Forces troops of the 111th Infantry Regiment, debark from a transport ship (with identification E.8106, painted on its superstructure) at Calais, France, during World War 1. They form into units and march along the pier, next to a line of trains marked with red crosses. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)