Allied air attacks against France during World War II. A map of France shows the location of Orleans. Aerial view of bombs being released by U.S. Army 8th Air Forces B-24 Liberator aircraft. The bombs drop and strike Bicy airfield, Orleans, France, on May 23, 1944. Billows of smoke rise from the airfield. Bombs being dropped on revetments. Smoke and fire occur.
Animated map shows Amercan forces advancing toward Paris. Views of German troops disorganized and making their way indivually among burning and destroyed military tanks and vehicles. A U.S. colonel confers with U.S. Armored unit officers, using hood of jeep as a table. U.S. Sherman tanks and tank destroyers moving along dirt roads toward Paris, at high speed and passing beyond the Orleans region.They move rapidly through groups of cheering French citizens in a French town. American armored units moving to bypass Paris. U.S. Army Air Force airplanes dropping maps to the armored units by parachute, because they were moving too fast to be supplied by ground. French forces,armed with American tanks, vehicles, and arms, are ordered to advance and take Paris. As they proceed, U.S. Army Air Forces support them from the air. Formations of P-51 fighter and B-26 bombers are seen.The French forces advance at rate of 25km per day. They are joyously welcomed as they pass through French towns on their way. Scenes of Paris. Local residents in line at a shop. German are seen beginning to leave Paris. A line of horse-drawn wagons is seen in the street. On August 14, 1944, Paris Police went on strike. They are seen drawn up in formation. August 15, 1944, the Gestapo left Paris. French citizens and police open fire on German Army vehicle.Parisians begin to hang the tricolor from their windows.French resistance fighters seen running in streets of paris and firing weapons. A doctor and several nurses run for cover. Parisians begin to fill the streets as elements of the French Army enter Paris.General Charles de Gaulle walking along a street in Paris.
French official arrives by car to officiate at ribbon-cutting ceremony renaming the Avenue d'Orleans as Avenue du General Leclerc, in honor of Général Philippe Leclerc de Hautclocque, who formally liberated Paris, entering along this street, at the head of his French 2nd Armored Division, in 1944. The French official is greeted by a young woman wearing a sash. Members of the French 2nd Armored Division are seen holding unit flags. The official unveils the new street sign on the corner of a building decorated with tricolor bunting.
A member of the French 2nd Armored Divison poses on top of a sherman tank, parked in the square. The official cuts a ribbon..
Ferry boats in Loire River, France. French civilians operate small ferry boat between Orleans and St. Marcean. Civilians wait on either banks. A ferry arrives with passengers. Allied soldiers, French civilians with cycles, and a medic get off the ferry. Men help the women up the step bank. Civilians with cycles board the waiting ferry.
College football Sugar Bowl game of 1944 between Georgia Tech and the University of Tulsa, played in New Orleans, Louisiana. A crowd in the stands. The game in progress. Georgia Tech University over the University of Tulsa by a score of 20-18
Ferry boats in Loire River, France. French civilians operate small ferry boat between Orleans and St. Marcean. Passengers include a German prisoner, wounded Frenchmen, a U.S. soldier and French civilians. A man paddles the boat. Civilians wait on the river bank. Men holding a stretcher and a cycle. The boat arrives, passengers get off. The civilians watch as the soldiers come onto the bank. French policemen accompany a prisoner. Civilians take the stretcher aboard the ferry to help a wounded soldier. A man paddles the ferry.