The Soviet ship Vyacheslav Molotov is seen, docked at the French port of Le Havre. A crane raises cargo onto the ship. Ukrainian and Belorussian passengers stand on the pier, ready to board the ship that will take them to their former hometowns. One woman walks up the gangplank with a flag and a carryall displaying the image of Joseph stalin. On the pier, French Army officers process the embarking passengers, as a Soviet Army officer stands nearby. Closeup of documents being stamped. (Narrator states that these refugees fled their homes for France, 20 years earlier, when they were under the domination of Poland.) The Soviet officer encouraging passengers up the gangplank. View from high on the ship, of passengers clustered around the processing station. Camera pans up to the ship's funnel, where Soviet hammer and sicle is displayed. View from behind people waving on the dock, of the passengers lining the railing of the ship, waving goodbye as the ship slowly begins to move forward and then is seen underway. Scene fades to reopen showing the ship in waters of the Black Sea approaching the port of Odessa, Ukraine. Buildings seen upon cliffs overlooking the port. Several views of the passengers assembled on deck looking toward shore. Closeups of passengers and their flags. A Ukrainian woman gives a speech about her joy at homecoming. Other passengers applaud. A man holds up a homemade sign reading (in Russian) "LONG LIVE SOVIET-HOMELAND I-EE-GOVERNMENT." Passengers disembarking down the gangplank, carrying flags and riding in open small trucks away from the ship.
German invasion of France during the Battle of France in World War II. A fleet of German Luftwaffe aircraft in flight over Le Havre. German bombers drop bombs over the city at night. Nazi pilots in the aircraft. The aircraft drop bombs. Explosions on the ground. Burning targets. German aircraft bomb English transport ships in the English Channel off the coast of Le Havre. Explosions in the water. he German fleet in flight. Explosions due to the bombardment.
Aerial view shows the port of Le Havre in France, with no visible activity. The SS Liberte, SS Ile de France, and SS Antilles are docked but the port is idle. Several uniformed guards patrol the docks. In the town of Le Havre, merchant marine officers and crewmen emerge from building in town square displaying the French tricolor above its roof. Posters on either side of the building entrance read to the effect that the maritime Officers and men are right, about an issue in controversy. Many bicycles in evidence and several cars parked along street.
Ceremonies attending the burial of the unknown and unidentified American soldier after World War I in France. France honors the Unknown U.S. Hero before the body is transported to America for burial at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony marks the selection of the Unknown Soldier to be taken to the Untied States for burial. French citizens in Chalons France pay final homage to the body of the American lying in state at the City Hall in Paris, France. French men, women, and children wait in line and then file through to pay last respects. A banner on the road honors the American Hero. French soldiers stand by the large crowd of mourners outside the City Hall. People emerge from the Hall and more inside the Hall. View of the coffin with the simple offering of white roses to indicate that this would be the body sent back to the U.S. to represent all of his Unknown Soldier brothers. United States and French soldiers around the coffin. Close-up view of U.S. Army Sergeant Edward F Younger, who fought in all the American offensives and who had the honor of selecting the body from among four identical coffins on October 24, 1921, at the City Hall in Chalons-en-Champagne, France. A car arrives. French and American Generals emerge and greet the waiting officials. General Allen with a French General near the coffin. Allen pays tribute to the Unknown Soldier. The Generals and officers salute as the coffin is taken out of the City Hall and laid in a caisson. Marching troops lead the procession. The casket is brought to Le Havre where French citizens turn out in respectful tribute. Soldiers carry the casket past railway carriages followed by military officers and government officials. A large crowd on the streets watches the procession. The horse drawn caisson moves through people gathered on either side.
SS Normandie sets a speed mark. Aerial view of SS Normandie as it gets underway leaving from port of Le Havre, France on May 29, 1935. Passenger ship SS Normandie en route on her first record breaking Atlantic crossing. A huge crowd gathered to see the ship off in Le Havre. Smoke coming out of large stacks on ship. Close-up view of rudder on ship slicing through water at high speed. Civilians standing on ship deck. Captain looks through binoculars. Passengers play badminton and table tennis on ship deck. Fleet of small boats escort the SS Normandie into New York harbor. Statue of Liberty in foreground. Passengers waving on arrival. Aerial view of New York City skyline and skyscrapers with SS Normandie ocean liner in harbor.
Camp Philip Morris in Le Havre, France. War brides of American soldiers at railway station preparing to travel to Camp Philip Morris. Several American soldiers are seen with their wives and babies. The war brides fill the train and it leaves the station, as American Military Police in white helmets stand and salute. Passengers look out of the windows of the railroad cars. A sign reads 'Camp Philip Morris'. War brides arrive by bus and carry belongings to their quarters. Camp buildings in view.