Fallen houses and wreckage at the site due to landslide in Lyons. Policemen and firemen involved in rescue operations. Men tie up a wounded person on a stretcher and pass him down. Men pulling down a broken roof.
On Election Day, November 7, 1944, in World War 2, Americans are seen waiting patiently to vote. They stand in a long line extending down a city sidewalk next to brick and stone buildings. Views of several persons in the line. Scene shifts in flashback to the election of Woodrow Wilson, in 1912. Four men on horseback arrive at a polling place. Another travels to vote, in his 1910 Ford Model T truck. Change of time and place shows farmer arriving by horse-drawn wagon and walking to polling place past 1930s car and truck. A fully laden truck stops at a rural gasoline station, temporarily serving as polling place. American town residential street scene in the 1930s. Citizens gathering to vote at a polling place set up at a laundry shop, in the Bronx Borough of New York City. Views of various places in the United States, serving as polling places. Americans seen waiting to vote at various places, in the 1944 national election. Among the sites shown is Bridgeport Central High School, built in 1916, (which later became Bridgeport City Hall), at 45 Lyon Terrace in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Persons in various places, registering to vote, including actor Lewis Stone, actress Esther Williams, and USO entertainer, Bob Hope. Voter closing curtain behind him as he votes. Views of voters' feet, below curtains, as they vote. Various types of boxes. Newspaper headline speaks of the large voter turnout in millions during the 1944 election. Shipyard workers at end of their shift, are seen heading to the polls to vote.
Allied Invasion of Lyon,Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II on 3 September 1944. Liberated Lyons civilians cheer arrival of the American troops.US sherman tank drives into town. Damaged bridges,railroads and blocked highways. Sign points to a bypass due to bridge out. Major General John W O'Daniel, commander of 3rd Division, crosses river using bypass and directs pursuit of the German forces. French armored division enters Dijon on 11 September 1944. Civilians celebrate their arrival on street. French troops of the Seventh Army join with the French units of Third army. Map of France. American soldiers parade through streets after victory.
Allied troops set off for the final drive of the Liberation of France and Belgium. La Havre: Intensive bombing by Allied bombers at the 2nd port of France. Allied planes in flight, drop bombs. Smoke from the explosions. German positions are covered by Allied target indicators. Soldiers and tanks advance through fields. Smoke and fire from destroyed vehicles and bombardment. The first Allied platoon enters the town. Destroyed buildings and ruins. The dock area, reduced to a complete rubble. Surrendered German soldiers are marched in the streets. Antwerp: Liberation of Antwerp. A convoy of tanks. Allied troops cross a Bailey bridge over the Albert Canal. British Second Army enters the city. Tanks and soldiers. Machine gun fire. The dock side railway head is captured. Civilians welcome the troops. Belgian Forces of Interior and civilians celebrate. Planes drop arms and supplies for the Belgian Army. Soldiers collect the supplies and load it into a cart. Brussels: Members of the Belgian Government lay wreaths at the Brussels war Memorial in tribute to the capital's liberation. Soldiers march. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery is given a grand reception. The Field Marshal in a convertible. He greets the people from a hotel balcony. Lyon: The U.S. Seventh Army liberates Lyon. German snipers fire into crowded streets from a hospital on the banks of Rhone. Soldiers fire back at them. Civilians crouch and take cover. Hospital patients removed to safety. Nurses help a wounded man. French and U.S. troops drive through the city. Civilians shake hands with the soldiers. Collaborationists are disgraces and paraded on the streets. People cheer and celebrate.
Newsreel 'France torn by strikes'. Army guards and Police keeps vigil on strikers in Lyon. Communists inspired strikers at the Great Rail Center of Lyon. A train has been seen leaving. Empty trucks seen standing. Snowfall in Paris.
Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, being interviewed by Eugene Lyons (unseen). Lyons was United Press International (UPI) correspondent in Moscow, and the first Western correspondent to be granted an interview with Stalin.