Vichy France leaders in France during World War II. Chief of State of Vichy France Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Petain and President of the Council Pierre Laval in an office. Henri Petain sits in a chair and talks to Pierre Laval. Inside view of the office of Vichy France. Marshal Petain and Pierre Laval on a bench discuss a document.
6 August 1944: A U.S. armored column on the outskirts of Mayenne on their way to Paris. Soldiers in trucks, jeeps and half tracks. Soldiers prepare to fight, push artillery across a field. Troops march into Mayenne. Civilians welcome and greet the soldiers. U.S. troops and a van on the road. The troops and tanks enter Laval. Civilians greet the soldiers. Civilians on bicycles wave to soldiers in a truck. Soldiers and civilians at a bombed bridge. Soldiers fire at Nazis across the river from behind a wall. Civilians with French flags on the streets. A woman collaborationist surrounded by French men, holds pictures and has a Swastika on her dress front. A woman holds a broken picture of Adolf Hitler. People with US, British, and French flags in a building window.
U.S. tanks and infantry advance in France during World War II. The tanks enter Laval. Military cars drive past along the tanks. Civilians cheer and wave to the troops on the tanks. Soldiers eat while they move along a road on military tanks. The civilians give water to the soldiers. The civilians tear down German posters. Officials fly a flag of the United States, France and Russia from a balcony. Civilians on cycles watch the troops on trucks as they advance. A pet dog with the soldiers on a tank. Military trucks with soldiers advance through Rennes. The soldiers move across a Bailey bridge on a river in Laval.
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.
U.S. tanks and infantry advance in France during World War II. People in a balcony hold the French and the United States flags. An official in the balcony speaks to the crowd assembled below. Troops enter Mayenne. Civilians cheer the troops passing in truck. The troops march across debris of houses and buildings. A sign board reads ' Boulevard Du Marechal Petain'. The troops march along a road as they cross Mayenne. A United States truck drives past the soldiers. The troops in military cars drive past a Christian cross. Tanks and infantry move past a Renault factory. They enter Laval. Infantrymen fire at the Germans across a river in Laval.
U.S. soldiers in Laval, France during World War II. 3rd Division vehicles entering the main square. The City Hall decorated with French flags in the background. 3rd Armored Division tanks, trucks and other vehicles cross a repaired masonry bridge and enter the town. People cheer. A military policeman directs the traffic. French civilians walk across the repaired bridge.