A wharf in Marseille, France, filled with French troops and millitary vehicles, marshaling for departure aboard a warship at the dock. Troops line up and board the ship, carrying all their personal military gear. Tanks, jeeps and trucks are also driven into the ships hold.
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.
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.
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.