U.S. troops advance towards Cherence Le Roussel. SOldiers fire at the enemy. A soldier scouts for enemy soldiers through binoculars. Smoke from artillery fire. Explosions across the terrain. Soldiers stand on a camouflaged tank. Barrel of a tank jutting out of the bushes. Soldiers load and fire artillery. Soldiers march on the road and through fields. A sign board for 'Cherence Le Roussel' amid ruins and destroyed buildings.
U.S. troops of 4th Infantry Division in France. The troops walk along a road. Trees in the background. A squad walks at the side of a road. Two German prisoners with hands on heads walk behind. A soldier guards them. Soldiers walk through a rubbled village. They pass a road sign. The sign reads 'Cherence le Roussel'. Soldiers move through the streets. Houses in the background. A soldier ties a handkerchief on the end of a stick to mark the location of a mine. The squad walks cautiously through the village. They check buildings and look for snipers. A soldier walks along a street and talks on a walkie-talkie. A soldier reads a paper. Soldiers near a building. ' Cherence le Roussel, Mairie' written on the building.
Liberated American prisoner reading the Stars & Stripes newspaper, at German prison camp for allied airmen (Stalag 7A) near Moosburg, Germany. Several American former prisoners being interviewed, include a Tuskegee airman, 2nd Lt. Alexander Jefferson. Former prisoners posing in a group for the camera. Former prisoners strolling around the grounds of the prison, and sitting outside its buildings. (They are awaiting transport to local airfields where they will board C-47s to Camp Lucky Strike near Le Havre, France, for processing home.)
Repatriation of French war prisoners and civilians in Paris, France toward the end of World War Two. Three U.S. C-47aircraft in flight approaching the Le Bourget airport. A fleet of U.S.Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft parked on the ramp and some taxiing. Ambulances and vehicles are positioned on the ramp as repatriated French soldiers deplane. Soldiers with their belongings moving in loose formation along the ramp. A C-47 taxiing. Its tail number is 42-24174, belonging to the 34th Troop Carrier Squadron, 315th Troop Carrier Group, of the U.S. 9th Air Force. An Air France JU-52 passenger aircraft is parked on the ramp, and civilians deplane, including Marcel Bloch, a French aircraft builder,who had been imprisoned in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, until April 11, 1945. (He later changes his name to Dassault, which will also become the name of his aircraft company, after the war). Also among the passengers is Marcel Rene, director of the French paper 'Resistance.' Several views of the aircraft's pilot and the civilian passengers.
A review of significant events that occurred in the year 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as President of United States at the White House in January, 1945. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin pose at the Yalta Conference. Death of Roosevelt. Burial procession ceremony of Roosevelt. Men and women weeping. Wreath on his grave. Harry S. Truman swore in as U.S. President. Surrender of the Germans signed by General Jodl and General W.B. Smith in Reims, France. Representatives of Russia, Britain, France and United States at the surrender. General Dwight Eisenhower smiles.
American soldiers and officers at a military cemetery in Ste Mere Eglise, France. Flags on grave markers. Soldiers stand with flags in hand. Officers stand. They pay respect to the graves of the American soldiers killed in World War 2 in the invasion of France. They place wreath on a grave. Children watch the officers paying respect to the graves. Soldiers stand with flags. Soldiers band. They fire in the air. They march with the band.