Mission over enemy territory: bombing of Hesdin, France. Bomb group in flight. Aerial views of targets in city. Explosions over targets.
U.S. Army soldier reads newspaper while listening to radio. Soldiers doing their respective chores, listen to AFN (American Forces Network) Radio. General Marshall and General Eisenhower announce the creation of AFN, in 1942. July 4, 1943, the first broadcast of AFN. General Eisenhower mingling with paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, on the eve of D-day. U.S. B-26 aircraft in flight. United States soldiers aboard landing craft and wading ashore at Normandy, France, on D-day. United States Sherman tanks and infantry move along country road in France. Road sign points to St. Lo. Group of U.S. soldiers gathered around a jeep with a radio, listening to AFN, in Germany.
Results of air assaults by the British Royal and U.S. Eighth Air Forces over industrial areas in and around German-occupied Paris during Wolrd War II. The Renault Works plant at Billancourt after one aerial attack by the Royal Air Force (March 3, 1943) and two by the U.S. Eighth Air Force (April 4 and September 15, 1943). Workers clear the plant interiors. The damaged plant, collapsed roof, rubble and debris on the floor. Workers clear the debris. Damaged steel structures, pillars and walls. Buildings at the plant. Damaged walls, wrecked equipment and material. Allied officers and workers at the plant.
French Marshal Petain, now Premier, walks to a car and seen later at conference table with Pierre Laval and other national leaders. View of Adolf Hitler, with close associates, expressing delight after signing of the second armistice at Compiegne,ending French resistance, on June 22, 1940. German honor guard marching near Marshal Foch's railroad car where the 1918 armistice was signed. Monument of Marshal Foch. Hitler, Hermann Goering, and Admiral Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine, review the honor guard. German stand at steps of the rail car. Raeder, and Goering, both carrying Marshal's batons, flank Hitler. French Army General Charles Huntziger, accompanied by General Jean Bergeret,Air Minister, Vice Admiral Le Luc, Commander of Maritime Forces, and Ambassador Leon Noel, are escorted by two German officers. They enter the railroad carriage. View inside, as Hitler, Goering and German representatives stand when they enter. Newspaper headline describes tax on France for German occupation. French prisoners of war in an outdoor yard and being moved to Germany. French prisoners in bucket brigade and carrying construction materials. French workers engaged in labor to support German war effort. Unhappy French children. Public funerals for persons executed by the Germans. German flag draped over the Foch statue. Hitler's touring motorcade passes Arch of Triumph in Paris in early morning when streets are empty. Parisians gather on streets to hear German orders broadcast. Many express distress. In Southern France, Military units carry their colors as they depart for North Africa. General Charles DeGaulle is among the marchers. DeGaulle seen reviewing contingents of French military. Free French soldiers parading in London, England. Military officers salute as the ship carrying Regimental colors departs. French colors carried beside unit with American flag. General Charles de Gaulle and General Henri Giraud at 1943 Casablanca Conference (Roosevelt and Churchill seated).
Scenes shot in 1942 and 1943 from inside German occupied Paris France. German officers and civilians at the Longchamps racetrack in Paris, France. Horses run on a dirt track. German troops at the Eternal Light for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the Arc de Triomphe. A German Panther tank captured by the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in 1944. French collaborator Ferdinand De Brinon speaks into a microphone. German officers listen carefully. Collaborators Marcel Deat, and Laval's son in law, Comte Rene de Chambrun also seen. French Regimental flag held by French collaborator militia. A crowd outside Notre Dame Cathedral. French Marshal Philippe Petain arrives in a car. French collaborationist troops stand at attention. Ceremony for the Legion against the Soviet Russia shows assemblage and German Swastikas on a wall.
Preparations for invasion of Western Europe by Allied Force during World War 2. Conference at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force in London. U.S. Generals George Marshall, Henry H. Arnold and British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery meet at SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). Montage of war scenes: British Lancaster bombers taking off. Monitors working in a British Command Post. U.S. B-17 bombers in daylight missions over Germany.Allied pilots and crew members in warplanes. B-17s at high altitudes leaving contrails behind. Bombs bursting on German industrial targets. Allied agents being airdropped over France. Allied one-man submarines, torpedo boats and Commandos sampling French beaches and soil conditions for ability to support 30-ton tanks. British airman loading reconnaissance cameras into an aircraft. Arms and equipment being airdropped to indigenous resistance forces in Nazi-occupied Europe. Mulberry floating harbor segments to create invasion ports. Allied landing craft training in Devon, England. Allied aircraft strafing a German ship. Meteorological equipment assessing weather along the invasion coast. Wire netting to pave the beaches. Underwater pipelines to carry petrol to France. Allied armored vehicles bearing the White Star. Troops being inoculated. New ship going down the ways at an Allied shipyard.British intelligence officers and personnel monitoring German broadcasts.. Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran, where the Big Three, met to finalize plans. Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill sitting on the porch of the Embassy building, in 1943.General Eisenhower and Allied Military leaders planning the D-Day invasion. General Omar Bradley, sitting with a British admiral. General Bernard Law Montgomery U.S. B-17 bombers in formation, flying through Flak bursts. Pilots in B-17 cockpit.Bombs striking German targets. Polish, Czech, and British in Spitfire aircraft striking German railroads and marshaling yards.B-26 bombers and gunner hitting Me-109