Italian Axis newsreel shows final communications between French and British Navy followed by bombing of French naval units by "Force H" British warships at Mers-El-Kebir, Oran, Algeria during World War II. Close view of French Battleship Dunkerque at anchor as British note is delivered from Admiral Somerville via HMS Foxhound (destroyer) to Vichy French naval officer Marcel-Bruno Gensoul, with final warning ultimatum to join British cause (for French, violating terms of June 1940 French armistice with Germany) or be attacked by British ships. French and British Navy sailors exchange signal light messages beween ships. View from aboard French ships as British Force H warships begin bombardment of the anchored French fleet. Huge ship guns are fired. Smoke and explosions aboard ships and in water are seen as shells are fired. Sailors aboard French ships running at battle stations and returning fire. French rescue boats seen in water following cease fire. French Navy fire fighters train fire hoses on fires and extinguish fires. View of damage aboard French ships from British bombing.
French people gathered along North African coast of Oran Algeria following invasion of United States and British forces in World War 2 (Operation Torch). The French seen showing no resistance and even relief. Two U.S. troops show a message from President Franklin Roosevelt. American troops take over Oran, Algeria. American Army convoy moves through the streets of Oran. Vichy French prisoners sit in an open area having layed down their arms without struggle. Group of U.S. soldiers talks to French soldiers.
United States troops enter French African Port of Oran, Algeria. U.S. soldiers seated inside a boat, advance towards Port Oran. Supplies and equipment brought to the beach area. United States medics treat French prisoners. Civilians welcome U.S. troops as they move on streets of Oran. Troops honor a French soldier. Soldier sends telegraphic message to his regiment. Sign board read Saint Cloud. Troops move on road in jeeps and trucks.
A U.S. convoy readies to leave Oran, Algeria for the invasion of Salerno, Italy during World War II. A U.S. DD (destroyer) anchored off the shore. The shoreline of Oran. Two CLs (Light Cruiser) approach the shore. U.S. troops aboard the destroyer.
The Italian hospital ship, "Gradisca," arrives in Stettin harbour, in Germany, (Stettin on the Oder River, now Poland, Szczecin), during World War 2. She carries recuperating exchange German prisoners of war, back home from Oran, Algeria. They are greeted by medical staff and many well-wishers. Children run to the ship as it berths and throw flowers to the soldiers on deck. Wounded on stretchers are removed first. Then the ambulatory soldiers disembark amid warm welcome. Another steamship is seen approaching on the river. It is the Freigeleit. (Actually, this is the French ship,“Djenne,” in German possession, and it too is bringing exchange German POWs back from Oran.) German soldiers fill her upper decks. They play music on deck and celebrate their homecoming. (All the troops, congregating on their port sides, caused both the Gradisca, and the Freigeleit to list to port, somewhat, as they approach the pier.) A bouquet of flowers is raised to the deck of the Freigeleit, on a line, as she ties up. Red Cross nurses line up holding flowers, as sick or wounded soldiers are taken off the ship on stretchers. Then the remaining troops disembark and are greeted with flowers. Some troops write notes to be transmitted to loved ones. A military band plays on the pier. The soldiers board waiting railroad trains to continue their journey.
Allied Forces fight the Axis Powers during World War II. An American Convoy off the coast of Casablanca. A soldier holds gun. Soldiers and sailors listen to an address by their commander. A notice on the bulletin board. U.S. soldiers get ready for the mission during night. Equipment is lowered. Explosion in the distance. U.S. sailors with their equipment fight in Casablanca. Animated map of Algiers. Fight between the British and the Axis forces. Searchlights point upwards towards the sky. Allied Fighter planes in flight. British and American troops land in Algiers. A French officer salutes to the marching Allied Armies. Animated map of Oran. U.S. paratroops take Oran. Battle in Casablanca still continues. U.S. soldiers aim and fire at the enemy planes. Soldiers carry causalities. Allied Forces destroy communication and supply lines of the enemies. A French Admiral with officers. German soldiers move out. People on the side of the streets. U.S. General Eisenhower, General Anderson and French General Giraud review a joint parade. German officers in communication. British and U.S. soldiers on the move. A desert region. People on camel. Allied soldiers in coaches. Animated map of Algeria. A German plane. Allied military moves towards Tunisia.