British soldiers enter the town of Lisieux, France. Armed British soldiers patrol the streets. Soldiers walk past the destroyed buildings. Firing and bombardment. Soldiers and British tanks fire at Nazis hiding in the town. A French civilian woman brings a glass of water and a pitcher to a prone British soldier firing at German positions from a street corner. Soldier prone firing a machine gun. People in the town of Chartres, a center of resistance. A young woman resistance soldier talks to an Allied French soldier. French General Charles De Gaulle and other officers greeted by the town on August 23, 1944. De Gaulle addressed the town to commend their resistance. De Gaulle looks at the Chateau de Rambouillet in Rambouillet, France, from where he directed the French armored divisions in their push to Paris. Views of the palace, gardens, and a lake at the Chateau de Rambouillet with Charles De Gaulle standing beside the lake.
In Lisieux, the Basilica of St. Therese in Lisieux (Basilique Sainte-Thérèse). A sign reads 'Lisieux'. A couple stands at a railway station. A train pulls up at the platform. View of the Basilica of St Therese as seen from a moving train. Filmed by former war correspondents visiting France, 25 years after the Allied invasion of France during World War II.
Rubble spread all over after heavy bombing of Lisieux, France. Rescue workers search through ruins with wrecked buildings in the background. Residents of bombed out city hide in cellars. Women and children in cellars.
Thanksgiving 1944 in Northeastern France, with the U.S. 26th Infantry Division, during World War 2. Several U.S. Army women nurses walk through muddy snow covered field in Northeastern France, during World War II. One of them pulls a small sled. At the same time,US troops march along sides of a nearby road. A U.S. soldier is issued a winter coat by a quartermaster.Other soldiers putting on new overcoats. U.S. troops in overcoats march along a wet road. A soldier holds up a sign reading," 26 'Yankee' Infantry Division, HAPPY- THANKSGIVING !, Europe 1944." The troops huddle over field cook stoves in a field. They smoke cigarettes. Large group of U.S. soldiers in a chow line near a cemetery in a French town (probably Dieuze, which they captured on November 20th). They receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Soldiers playing football on a snow covered field.
American troops welcomed in village, by Nuns and children, and in Paris, France, in August, 1944. December 16, 1944, German counterattack causes American casualties. Dead and wounded shown being picked up on stretchers. American troops advancing across fields.Tanks and burning buildings. Americans fight in streets of town and from trenches, with snow on ground. Chaplain prays over body of fallen American soldier. More views of U.S. wounded on stretchers. German officers led by General Manteuffel planning actions. German home front civilian guards (Volkssturm national militia) seen on parade. German Tiger II tanks of s.Pz.Abt.503 parade in a training area. German SS troops advance during the Battle of the Bulge. German "buzz bomb" shown in flight. Smoke rises from buzz bomb strike on town.
View of Canadian troops on D-Day huddled in a landing craft approaching Juno beach in Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944, in World War 2. The landing craft reaches the beach and all the Canadian infantry leave the boat, two or three at a time, and wade ashore during the invasion of Europe by Allied forces. Steel obstacles placed by the German forces can be seen on the beach. Several houses, stand along the beach. The troops advance toward them.