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.
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.
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.
French General Charles De Gaulle and other French officers in Marseilles, France during World War II. General Charles De Gaulle and other officers arrive in Marseilles. Officers salute the General. A man takes pictures. Other officers behind the General. A crowd gathered on the side of the path look on. General De Gaulle salutes. Officers with the General also salute. Trees and building in view. General De Gaulle inspects the French sailors holding rifles standing in a line. General De Gaulle walks with the other officers on a path in front of a building.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in World War II, 19 August 1944. Wounded soldiers are evacuated to floating ambulances. Enemy troops fire artillery to block Allied advance. Several explosions. Aircraft in flight drop bombs. Tanks advance. Map of Marseilles and Toulon. Wounded soldiers are given first aid and blood transmit. Prisoners evacuated from combat zone. United States Army General Alexander M Patch and French General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny decorate soldiers.
A film titled 'Mediterranean: Progress in Southern France' shows the wrecked buildings and port in Marseilles in France from Allied bombing and demolition by retreating German forces during World War II. Ruined buildings, warehouses, docks, and ships scuttled to prevent entry to the harbor. Allied forces detour around a destroyed bridge.