French 1st Army troops in Colmar, France, during World War 2. Two French officers looking at a map spread on the front part of a jeep. A gun on the jeep. French soldiers lying on the ground and looking through binoculars. A soldier with a gun beside him. Soldiers with automatic rifles lying on the ground and firing. The soldiers among bushes with the guns. The soldiers getting up and running. They lie on the ground. Grenades explode. The soldiers advance forward. A French soldier hurls a grenade and lies on the ground. A phosphorous grenade bursts. The soldiers running through the smoke. The soldiers on the ground.
Troops of the 1st French Army assemble in a courtyard in Colmar, France, during World War 2. They proceed out on patrols past camouflaged tanks. A dead German soldier on the ground. A halftrack passes carrying French troops, one holding his hand up in a "V" for victory. Debris from battle is seen everywhere.
French troops in Colmar, France. Two French officers at an observation post. Commander of the French II Corps General Edgard de Larminat, holding a stick in his hand, with Commanding General of II French Corps General de Montsabert who holds a newspaper in his hand. An officer comes with binoculars. General Larminat takes the paper and looks at it. Two officers near General de Montsabert. General Larminat looks through binoculars. The Generals converse.
French General Charles De Gaulle arrives by car and is greeted by local girls outside the Cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, during World War II. He enters the cathedral to participate in services of thanks for the French military victory over German forces in the Colmar pocket, Alsace. Among others present in the cathedral are French Generals Jean de Lattre de Tassigny; Philippe Leclerc ; and Alphonse Juin. Outside, in the city square, General De Gaulle reviews French armor and troops and decorates French soldiers who participated in the Colmar and Strasbourg battles, as enthusiastic local citizens cheer. Later, in Severne, Alsace, General De Gaulle honors two American Generals with French military decorations. U.S. 7th Army Commander, Major General Alexander Patch (Sandy) receives the Legion of Honor and U.S. 6th Army Group Commander, Lieutenant General Jacob Devers receives the Grand Officer Award. U.S.Military band plays and U.S.troops march in review past De Gaulle, Patch and Devers.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. An animated map depicts the German advance across Saar and the Rhine. They close in on Belfort, Verdun, Strassburg, Epinal and Colmar. Explosions near a defense line in the battle field. French troops load guns in the Verdun forts. Soldiers shout out instructions, load and fire artillery guns. Racks full of shells. Soldiers take aim and fire guns. Soldiers operate various machines and equipment. Explosions near railroad tracks. Numerous explosions on hills. Long barrels of artillery guns. German officers brief soldiers with the help of a map on a wall. German infantry crosses a river in motor launches. Firing on either side of the river. Soldiers in boats go across, land ashore and move into wooded area. German troops advance, reduce French strong points. Soldiers fire artillery. German officers ride by in staff cars. Officers and soldiers survey the surrounding hills and landscape. Germans guard French POWs (Prisoners of War). Troops cross a pontoon bridge and enter French forts.
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.