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.
American soldiers in jeeps are part of a traffic jam in Lyon, France, following its liberation by French forces in September, 1944. An air of celebration permeates the scene, Several French women ride with U.S. soldiers in American jeeps. A Blue vehicle displaying "FFI Police" (Free French of the Interior) and the Cross of Lorraine, is caught in the jam. A small black sedan displays "FFI" in white letters.Local civilians crowd the streets and ride on every possible spot on the various vehicles. Crowds of pedestrian spectators are restrained behind rough wooden fences. Camera views from vehicle crossing the Rhone River, show the destroyed Wilson bridge, and parts of city in background. Complete change of sequence to Rome, Italy. The Flag of Italy flying on an official building. Italian women surround American soldiers, Sergeant Lester Koenig and another NCO as they sit in a jeep. They all laugh and talk. Several Italian soldiers (one a medic) and women pose for the camera.
Allied Operation Dragoon during World War 2. Invasion convoy of ships heading to French coast, on August 15, 1944. Three divisions of the United States 7th Army make amphibious landing on the coast, and proceed rapidly into interior of France. U.S. Sherman tanks entering the French city of Lyon on September 3, 1944. Local newspaper headline about the city's liberation . Infantry of the 7th Army moving through destroyed French towns. U.S. infantry and armor (Sherman tanks) fire at German positions in a French village.
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.
Air raid victims and bomb damaged buildings in Lyon, France during World War II. A motorcade moving on a road. An open car with motorcycle escorts and several cars following in the motorcade. French Marshal Philippe Petain standing in an open car and saluting. A number of people gathered on either side of the road watch the motorcade. A huge crowd gathered in front of a building. Several nuns outside the building. Marshal Petain and a few officers entering a hospital. Marshal Petain meets air raid victims in the hospital. The Marshal and the officers walking through the bomb damaged city. Damaged buildings on a street. The Marshal talking to the civilians.
French Red Cross workers dig out victims of German atrocities in Lyons, France during World War II. Red Cross workers excavate a mass grave and dig out dead remains of French people. Dead body of a woman being placed on a metal sheet. Workers carry away the body. Other dead bodies in the grave. A woman Red Cross worker arrives. Dead remains of another victim of German atrocities being recovered from the grave.