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.
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.
Troops lined up near flag draped monument in Yugoslavia. Crowd gathered for the ceremony. The flags are removed as drums roll, revealing the monument statue. French official gives dedication address.(Note: King Alexander was assassinated in Marseille, France, and French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou, was also killed in the same event, in 1934.) Troops stand at attention. Troops march.
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.
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.
Allied Invasion of Marseilles, Southern France following Operation Dragoon. 23 August 1944. French forces enter Marseilles and engage any remaining Germans. French Algerian soldiers of the 3rd Algerian Division in firing positions. Soldiers walk to Fort Saint Nicolas. Body of executed man in Fort Saint Nicolas. Dead and wounded soldiers. Street defenses set up by enemy. Gun emplacements. Docks,warehouses and port facilities deliberately destroyed by retreating German forces. Part of ship with swastika visible just above water line. Bomb damaged hangers and aircraft at airport. Wrecked French planes with German markings. Liberated Marseillaise cheer Algerian troops. Officers converse.