Film opens with map showing lower France and Mediterranean areas.However, it shows images covering primarily the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) under German occupation. German infantry march along a road. A flight of German FW-190 Fighter airplanes flies inland from the Mediterranean Sea and crosses low above a harbor. Change of scene shows a single fighter plane buzzing the Marseille Port. (It looks like a P-47 with invasion stripes. But It does not draw any anti-aircraft fire.) Camera tracks it from vantage point at the Marseille Basilica, high above the harbor. Brief view of the Basilica as the aircraft passes. A glimpse of the Marseille Port below from the Basilica. View of the Marseille Transporter Bridge designed by Ferdinand Arnodin and built in 1905. (It was destroyed after these films were made, in 1944.) A German soldier peering through binoculars in front of a 2 cm Flak 30/38/Flakvierling, quad anti-aircraft gun position. Another one is seen in the background. Several more views of German anti-aircraft and other gun emplacements protecting the Marseille Port, including 88mm guns, heavy machine guns, and coastal defense guns. Scene shifts to German soldiers marching near the French Riviera beach and palm trees. Italian cavalry are seen riding in formation, ostensibly from Nice. Italian soldiers in trucks are being transported along the Riviera waterfront. A road sign points toward Toulon at 6.3 kilometers away. (So this location is probably near Sanary-sur-Mer.) View of the Toulon harbor, where the French battleship Provence, scuttled in 1942, is seen settled low in the water at a pier.
Opening scene shows the commercial ship, Imerethie II, tied up to a pier at her homeport, Marseille, France, on a misty day. Camera pans along the wharf briefly, where small boats are tied. Large ships are seen moving in the port in the background throughout the film. Scene shifts to another area of the port where a German Zerstörer 1934 class destroyer is seen docked. Crew members are seen moving about on deck. Next, two armed Spanish civil war combatants, in utility coats and stocking caps are seen in closeup, stepping up to a dock and taking up positions as walking sentries. Two more Spanish combatants are also seen, one, possibly a flier, wearing a Nationalist officer's side cap.
French children from Marseilles, France are quartered at a hotel in Baden-Baden, Germany. Exterior of the hotel where the children from Marseilles are quartered. The children leave the hotel. A sign on the hotel reads as 'Colonie des enfants de Marseille'. Children play on lawns. The hotel in the background. An outdoor class: the children at desks. A teacher teaches them. The children learn. The children walk on a road past road markers and signs.
King Alexander of Yugoslavia shot down in Marseilles, France. On his state visit to France, the king was greeted by the French foreign Minister Louis Barthou. King Alexander and Louis Barthou seated in a car moves along the streets of Marseilles. People gather to greet them. King and the Foreign Minister were shot down by a killer. Buildings along the sides of the street. People running on the street. The assassin is grabbed and beaten by police. Dead body of King Alexander beside the car. Finishes with a scene of the new monarch in Yugoslavia, eleven year old King Peter II, eating a plate of food and smiling for the camera.
A map shows countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. German and Italian motorized units occupy Southern France during World War 2. German and Italian tanks and artillery move along on a road. Many German Quad 20mm anti aircraft guns (Flakvierling 38) in the Port of Marseilles, including some by the Marseille Basilica, high above the port . Ocean liners in the port. Soldiers sit around a truck. Sailors prepare equipment and guns. French officers explain the port facilities to German officers. Civilians in the city. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians on the streets. Sign for the town of Cerbere. Motorized columns including German tanks proceed to the Spanish border. German and Spanish troops fraternize. Soldiers greet each other and interact. Fortifications are constructed on the South France coast. Soldiers camouflage artillery on the beach.
Parade along the Quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille, France,on August 29, 1944, celebrating the city's recapture by French forces in World War 2. French troops marching (with several Resistance members, in civilian clothes). Spectators watch from walls and buildings as well as sidelines. A French Colonial military marching band plays, followed by Colonial troops, some in turbans and others (Senegalese) wearing the red fez. They lead donkeys carrying artillery pieces. A group of French women in uniform, stand in front of tanks lined up on the sidelines. French troops in formation on the sidelines. A color bearer stands in moving military vehicle as it passes a large French tricolor flag displayed on a building. Many spectators line a wide parapet on that building. French General Joseph de Goislard de Monsabert, commander of the French forces that liberated the city, is seen conversing with several officers. Later, He is seen walking behind General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Commander of the French First Army that liberated Toulon and Marseilles., and Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie, a French journalist, politician and member of the French Resistance. A woman runs into the street and presents a bouquet of flowers to General de Tassigny.