Aircraft C-47s lined up for takeoff in France. They make successive staggered takeoffs from two queues on dirt strips. C-47s, in formation, flying over Chartres, France. C-47s on way to Drop Zone for paratroopers. Paratroopers drop from C-47s. Sky filled with parachutes. Orange smoke seen on ground.
Chartres captured in France. A sign reads 'Chartres'. Press correspondents and civilians behind trucks. They dodge snipers. United States soldiers fire tommy guns and rifles at snipers. A soldier stands behind an iron gate and fires. U.S. Soldiers and French soldiers run. Crowd stands behind gates of prefecture. FFI (French Forces of the Interior) and Gendarmes (French national police) with a collaborator. A group of men and women collaborators. Women collaborators with heads shaved. Cathedral Notre Dam de Chartres. Cathedral spires in view. Snipers march on streets. They are marched to jail. Nazi snipers with hands on their heads. Crowd waves behind jail. Group of snipers are taken through streets. A priest looks up.
British soldiers enter the town of Lisieux, France. Armed British soldiers patrol the streets. Soldiers walk past the destroyed buildings. Firing and bombardment. Soldiers and British tanks fire at Nazis hiding in the town. A French civilian woman brings a glass of water and a pitcher to a prone British soldier firing at German positions from a street corner. Soldier prone firing a machine gun. People in the town of Chartres, a center of resistance. A young woman resistance soldier talks to an Allied French soldier. French General Charles De Gaulle and other officers greeted by the town on August 23, 1944. De Gaulle addressed the town to commend their resistance. De Gaulle looks at the Chateau de Rambouillet in Rambouillet, France, from where he directed the French armored divisions in their push to Paris. Views of the palace, gardens, and a lake at the Chateau de Rambouillet with Charles De Gaulle standing beside the lake.
Chartres captured in France. Men locate and mark mines on road. A land mine is blown. Smoke rises up. Two engineers bend down and mark mines. Engineers prepare to detonate mine. Jeeps and other Allied soldiers in the background. A land mine is blown.
Red Ball Convoy of Allied Forces in Chartres, France. A sign reads '24th Reg Station, Supply Convoy, Stop'. People stand near the sign. Officers stand under a tent. Brigadier General Plank and staff look at road maps. Trucks loaded with supplies pass along a road.
Red Ball Convoy of Allied forces in Chartres, France. Trucks loaded with supplies parked along a road. German prisoners unload rations. German prisoners stockpile them near Ablis. A United States guard patrols. Trees in the background. A sign reads 'Classic, QM Supplies'. Stockpiled rations in view.