United States 80th Infantry Division in Chalons-sur-Marne, France during World War II. A water-filled field. A U.S. soldier stands along with the Mayor of Chalons-sur-Marne. The soldier stands with a United States flag in hand. He presents the flag to the Mayor. The flag is raised to the peak and is not lowered for the day. United States soldiers gather for the flag raising ceremony. French civilians gather. A band of musicians play instruments.
Quaker members of American Friends Service Committee help people in France. They work at the Matson Maternelle de la Marne Maternity Hospital in Chalons-sur-Marne, France. Exterior of the hospital. Two nurses come out, holding a baby. Exterior of the hospital which was opened in 1922. Groups of nurses walk in the ground. American, English and French nurses in the hospital. A patient arrives in a horse drawn carriage. Nurses help a pregnant mother to step into hospital. Interior of the hospital ward. Separate ward for dependent children who come in with their mothers. Nurses play with the young children. They feed the babies. Maternity ward. Mother in bed is given baby. Patient leaves hospital with husband and new baby.
View from a 4-engine airplane in flight over altocumulus clouds. Setting sun creates pink colors. Scene changes abruptly to views, inland from Omaha Beach, at Colleville-sur-Mer, France, of the temporary military battlefield cemetery established by the U.S. First Army, on June 8, 1944, right after the Allied invasion of Normandy, in World War 2. Simple wooden crosses mark the graves of the fallen Americans, each identified by one of their dog tags fastened to the marker.
Twenty one former Nazi SS men go on trial before military tribunal for the massacre of 1944, of 642 men, women and children at a village in Oradour-sur-Glane. While in the village, seven survivors survey the charred buildings of the hamlet which was put to torch. Abandoned bicycle with flowers. Mourners at graves.
View of bridge across the Marne River destroyed by retreating German soldiers. . View shifts to U.S. Army XX Corps troops,trucks,jeeps,halftracks and tank destroyers crossing a pontoon bridge erected by Army Engineers nearby, at the bridgehead captured on 27 August 1944, during World War 2. French civilians watch from the bank of the river and wave as troops pass through their village. Using this crossing, the XX Corps continued its advance on Rheims.
A group of passengers waiting to go on board the American ocean liner SS Washington, standing at the port of Le Verdon Sur Mer, Bordeaux France. Passengers leaving France shortly before its fall to Nazi Germany are shown inspected for passport and searched before boarding. A car being hoisted onto the ship. View of the clock tower and loading areas at the port of Le Verdon Sur Mer (subsequently destroyed by Nazi Germany later in the war, in November 1944). Captain Manning standing on the bridge. View of ship SS Washington pulling away from dock. June 1940.