A group of German army troops seem marching casually at Champ de Mars, Paris, during 1940, in World War 2. Sounds of a fife and drum corps are heard in background. The Eiffel tower looms in the background. Some soldiers are on bicycles. View shifts to a nearly empty Champs Elysees, with Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) in the distance. German military vehicles move along the edge of the road. Camera moves closer to the Arc de Triomphe. Suddenly the scene shifts back a year, to the 1939 Bastille Day parade, in Paris. It shows British Grenadiers in uniform with bearskin hats, parading on the Champs Elysees, along with French Colonial Senegalese Riflemen wearing the Fez. Also seen are French Sailors, and infantry. Then, from a high point overlooking the parade, vehicles are seen pulling artillery. Back at street level, French 2-man Renault UE Chenillette tankettes are seen in formation. They are followed by a formation of Panhard AMD armored cars. Scene reverts to the present (1940) with German occupation troops marching past the Arc de Triomphe. As the German troops pass, German Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Fedor von Bock, Commander of Army Group B, is seen briefly saluting, as he reviews the troops from the sidelines. Another General stands with him. Spectators and column of German troops seen from Eiffel Tower. A German officer on horseback, leading his troops. Marshal von Bock, saluting. Various closeups of parading troops. View from an aircraft flying over the city of Paris, with Arc de Triomphe near center of the view. German troops towing artillery and caissons by teams of horses. Glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Horse-drawn wagons, carrying German troops and towing field artillery at the Place de la Concorde. The French Naval Department building seen behind them. Parisians watching solemnly from sidewalks. German sentries posted at the Hôtel des Invalides, (where narrator says, Napoleon is buried). French policemen giving directions to a German soldier, holding a map. German troops moving along the side of a commercial district street. Two French women smiling as the camera focuses on them. German soldiers marching cheerfully, along a French country road with a chorus heard singing in the background.
A contingent of German army troops marches loosely along road at Champ de Mars, during World War 2, as music of a fife and drum corps plays in the background. The Eiffel tower looms in the mist. Some soldiers on bicycles bring up the rear. View shifts to the Champs Elysees, with Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) dominating the empty street. German military cars move along one edge of the road. Camera moves closer to the Arch. Suddenly there is a flashback to the 1939 Bastille Day parade, in Paris, showing British Grenadier Guards in dress uniforms with bearskin hats, parading on the Champs Elysee, along with French colonial Tirailleurs Sénégalais (Senegalese Riflemen), French Sailors, and French infantry. Then, from a high point overlooking the parade, vehicles are seen pulling artillery along the Champs Elyesees. Back at street level, French Renault UE Chenillette tankettes drive in the parade, followed by a formation of Panhard AMD armored cars. Film cuts back again to a year later (1940) with German occupation troops marching past the Arc de Triomphe. As the German troops pass, camera focuses briefly on German Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Fedor von Bock, Commander of Army Group B, reviewing the troops from the sidelines with another German general. View from Eiffel Tower of spectators and column of German troops below. Closeup of German officer on horseback, leading contingent of troops. Marshal von Bock, saluting. Closeups of parading troops. Aerial view looking down on the city of Paris, with Arc de Triomphe near center of the view. German artillerymen towing guns and caissons by means of horses. Ground views of the Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. German troops riding on horse-drawn wagons, towing field artillery at the Place de la Concorde. The French Naval Ministry building seen behind them. More horses with troops, and artillery. Grim-faced Parisians watching from sidewalks. German sentries standing guard at the Hôtel des Invalides, where the narrator notes, Napoleon is buried. French policemen talking with a German soldier, as they consult a map. German troops proceeding down the side of a commercial district street. Two French women smiling as they realize the camera is focused on them. Cheerful German soldiers marching informally, along a French countryside road, with a German marching chorus song heard singing in the background.
Rail guns firing in World War 1. U.S. troops charging out of trenches. Allied gunners firing "French 75s" Allied twin-tailed biplane bombers. French Renault F17 tanks. Crowds in cities celebrate Armistice Day and end of World War I. Treaty of Versailles. Destruction of warships. Scenes of Paris. A pagoda in Japan. Temples in Siam, China, and Manchuria. Two Kayan women in Myanmar or Thailand perform a dance. Both Kayan women wear long brass coil neck rings. In the U.S., a boy hits a baseball and runs toward first base. Scenes of Japan invading Manchuria. Newspaper with headline: Henry Stimson denouncing Japan. U.S. Army troops dispel World War I veteran bonus marchers. Men lined up in bread line for unemployed during Great Depression. Brief shot of Gangsters in gun battle in an American city. Scenes of dust bowl in American with farmers and families heading West in caravans. Family standing by tent. Torchlight parade in Germany. Adolf Hitler with German President Hindenburg. Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Victor Lutze, at 1934 Nazi Rally in Nuremberg. Italian Caproni bombers over Ethiopia. Ethiopian tribesmen and Haile Selassie. U.S.Neutrality Act. American youths with a 1930 Ford coupe. Scenes from Civil war in Spain. Spanish Rebel forces in ground combat with Nationalist forces. German and Italian aircraft participate in bombing Spanish Nationalist targets in Spanish Civil War. Spanish civilians flee bombing, tend to wounded and dead victims following bombings. Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 Sparviero bombers. Crowds running for shelter. Women and children victims of bombing, some crying and in shock. Spanish General Franco arrives by train in southern France to meet with Hitler. View of Gallup Poll forms, and findings, with Americans against entering European war and preferring neutrality. Japanese planes and warships attack China. Naval Chinese civilians run for cover; bodies of Chinese in trucks. Japanese freighters, Buenos Aires and Tatsuno Maru, in U.S. ports being loaded with scrap iron and metals. Hitler, Goering and other officers in 1938. Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier, Benito Mussolini, Count Ciano sign Munich Agreement. Hitler riding standing up in an open car during a rally in Germany. Elevated view of Los Angeles, then view of traffic on streets of Los Angeles California and newspapers being sold to pedestrians. Citizens in movie theater watching Confessions of a Nazi Spy. German-American Bund activities including outdoor rallies in the U.S., and an indoor rally in Madison Square Garden. Emperor Hirohito reviewing World War 2 troops of Japan. Japanese steel production and arms production in Japanese factories. The Hokoku Maru Japanese ship being launched with fanfare from Tama Shipyards on July 5, 1939. Meeting of United States Military Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in late 1939 to consider national defense matters. In meeting of Naval Affairs Committee, representative asks for increase of 25 percent in authorized naval tonnage.
The Germans capture Paris in June 1940 during World War II. 1939: British troops march with French troops during the French National Day parade. The troops and tanks parade before the Arc De Triomphe on Champs Elysees. The German Victory Parade on Chams Elysees after the fall of Paris. German Field Marshal Fedor von Bock and Field Marshal Georg von Kuchler review the German troops. Civilians watch the parade. Aerial view of the parade.
President of Czechoslovakia Eduard Benes at Rue Bonaparte in Paris, France. President Eduard Benes is greeted by Czechoslovakians living in Paris. Men seated in a room. They stand as Eduard Benes enters the room. A cameraman stands in the background. He is accompanied by Stephan Osuky and Czechoslovakian Minister Stransky. President of Czechoslovakian Paris Colony welcomes him. President Eduard Benes addresses the crowd.
A religious ceremony held at Paris synagogue in Paris, France. The ceremony is held in memory of the Polish men who died in war. Rabbi Joseph Sachs, Polish Premier General Sikorsky, Ambassador Jules Lukasiewicz and staff of Embassy attend the service. Robert Philippe Gustave de Rothschild (President of Paris Jewish Consistory) and Édouard Alphonse James de Rothschild also known as Baron Édouard de Rothschild (President of Central Jewish Consistory) attend the service. Men come out of the synagogue after the ceremony is over. Polish President Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz talks to General Sikorsky.