An aircraft crash in East of Le Mans, France. Men in uniform with guns rush to the area of the aircraft crash. A plane area with trees around. The parts of the aircraft in fire. Smoke rises from the fire at several places. Water sprayed to extinguish the fire. Several men look on. The half clad body of a man on the ground with blood. A soldier attends to the man. The soldier lays his ear to the chest of the man. Several soldiers and men stand around and watch.
Nazi Germans defeated and normal life of civilians in France. Precision Bombing: British Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight. View from bomb bay doors as the Lancasters drop bombs on U-boat pens at Brest. Explosions and smoke rise. The aircraft drop bombs over ground installation over enemy area. Canadian troops: Troops advance through a burning coastal town in France. Buildings collapsing and gunfire in streets. Smoke rising. Ruins of destroyed French town are seen. Allied Army tanks advance and fire artillery. German prisoners of war from Wehrmacht 7th and 15th armies being marched under watch by Canadian forces. Among the German prisoners is a 13 year old Russian boy who was forced to work by the Nazis. German prisoners in a soup line and seen drinking from mugs. U.S. Army soldiers in Le Mans: Yanks get welcome by civilians of France. Happy French civilians waving to U.S. forces including a happy young woman who runs forward and pats a U.S. Army tank with her hand. Collaborationists who assisted the Germans are rounded up by French and marched away. U.S. Army soldiers seated at stools in a French bar drink as the bar maid pours more into their glasses. French civilians line up at shops and groceries to buy food and goods in Le Mans. Pictures of General De Gaulle for sale. American women in U.S. Army uniforms look in shop windows at French fashions. Voting cards: U.S. Army troops read pamphlets that read "requirement of soldiers to vote" and "Soldiers Voting". The U.S. Army GI's receive and mail postcards to their homes requesting absentee voting ballots for the upcoming November 1944 election. The soldiers line up to secure their application cards for absentee ballots.
A group of passengers waiting to go on board the American ocean liner SS Washington, standing at the port of Le Verdon Sur Mer, Bordeaux France. Passengers leaving France shortly before its fall to Nazi Germany are shown inspected for passport and searched before boarding. A car being hoisted onto the ship. View of the clock tower and loading areas at the port of Le Verdon Sur Mer (subsequently destroyed by Nazi Germany later in the war, in November 1944). Captain Manning standing on the bridge. View of ship SS Washington pulling away from dock. June 1940.
French civilians in the streets in Le Mans, France. Girls walk down the steps of the Hall of Justice with their blouse showing the French flag. French men and women buy cheese from stores. A man talks with soldiers outside a store. A female vendor fills a bowl with cheese and hands over the bowl to an old lady. The old lady puts the bowl in her basket. Civilians stand near by. Exterior of a grocery store. Civilians stand inside the grocery shop. Grocery articles displayed on shelves inside the shop. A French woman sells newspapers to soldiers and civilians. They read the newspapers. Buildings seen in the background. A woman sells photos of French General, Charles De Gaulle.
GIs and French civilians on the streets in Le Mans, France. Soldiers rest outside a movie house. Buildings seen in the background. GIs, men and women drink outside a sidewalk cafe. GI trucks pass by in the background. Trucks and tanks come down a street. A French girl gives apples to a truckload of GIs. French and American Negroes fraternize and shake hands. They smoke cigarettes.
GIs and French civilians on the streets in Le Mans, France. French civilians walk through the streets. American nurses admire French wartime dresses in front of a shop. Interior of the shop. Articles displayed inside the shop. Women look through a window at the merchandise. Exterior of the 'Bar Americans'. A truck passes by. Civilians and officers stand outside the bar. Inside the bar a bar maid pours wine for men. Girls on bicycles look at a shoe store window.