Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy board a helicopter on the lawn of the White House. The helicopter takes off with the Washington Monument in the background. President Reagan along with his wife disembark from aircraft in Paris. French troops in uniform stand along with French President Mitterrand to welcome the United States President. Members of the Economic Summit receive a red carpet welcome at the Palace of Versailles. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is seen, along with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Donald Regan speaks before the assembly. A gala dinner and dance is held in the evening, ending with fireworks.
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.
Group of former U.S. war correspondents in Paris, France to mark the 25th anniversary of Allied invasion of Europe in World War II. A view of railway tracks as seen from a moving train. American correspondents outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The group is joined by R. Sargent Shriver, then American Ambassador to France. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, viewed from a moving bus. Correspondents at a U.S. military helicopter pad in Paris. A helicopter lifts off. Aerial views of a city as seen from the helicopter. View of the Seine river and buildings of Paris below. Correspondents get off a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Another smaller helicopter, the blades rotate.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. German troops and cavalry advances in France. A sign for Paris, Soissons, and Aisne. German forces enter Paris. Soldiers raise a Nazi flag on the Eiffel Tower. Aerial view of Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses and the city of Paris. German troops march before the Arc de Triomphe at Champs Elysses. They pass various Parisian landmarks. German officers in Paris salute parading troops and award Iron Crosses. Close up views of faces of German soldiers in award ceremony. An animated map depicts the German advance towards Normandy and Brittany. soldiers work on the streets. They carry planks and other equipment and climb uphill. German cavalry and infantry cross a river. German artillery bombards the Verdun forts. Soldiers load and fire artillery. A German General reviews troops in Verdun. French troops surrender. Wrecked forts and a WWI monument. German infantry parades past the forts. French civilians and French POWs (Prisoners of War). German forces pass abandoned war material. Troops advance through French towns. German tank men study maps. German soldiers at a road block.
The Germans capture Paris in June 1940 during World War 2. German troops advance towards Paris in France. Soldiers on horses, on foot, and in cars advance through french towns including Sacy le Grand. An advance German party follows the fleeing French towards Chateau Thierry. Soldiers amidst wrecked cars and vehicles. They battle amidst ruins and damaged buildings in a town. The Germans engaged in street fighting. Soldiers cross the Marne River in rafts and fire machine guns. A sign board for Paris and Soissons in Aisne. Soldiers on foot, in carts, and the horse cavalry. The Germans enter the suburbs of Paris. They set petrol and oil plants on fire. Black smoke due to the fires and explosions. Military vehicles enter and leave the Palace of Versailles. The German Swastika flag is raised on the Palace roof. Paris falls to the Germans. The Eiffel Tower and other monuments. German officers and soldiers in Paris. German soldiers climb up the Eiffel Tower and hoist the Nazi state war flag atop the monument. Troops and military vehicles parade before the Arc De Triomphe at Champs Elysees.