U.S. Army Brigadier General Benjamin Davis and troops in Rennes, France during World War II. Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr speaks to correspondents. He smiles. Military trucks drive past civilians on the road to Rennes. A crowd cheers for the soldiers as they pass through Rennes. Two soldiers who had been captured by the Germans. The soldiers talk to the civilians gathered. A woman kisses a soldier. Women collaborators (with the Nazis), one with hair shaved off of her head, and the other smeared with iodine, are seen walking.
United States troops enter Rennes in France. Sign board reads 'Rennes Centre Autres directions and Chateubriant Angers'. Soldiers enter town with tanks and artillery. French civilians welcome the United States soldiers. Prisoners move raising their hands. Women and children dance on street.
U.S. troops in Saint Malo, France. A sign reads 'Chateauneuf'. Wrecked buildings in view. Several half-tracks loaded with United States soldiers pass by. U.S. tanks loaded with troops. Pedestrians in the background. Civilians travel on horse driven carts. A sign on a building reads 'Rennes'. A sign reads 'Rennes, St Malo'. Trucks loaded with soldiers in the background.
August 1944: Liberation ceremony by the Mayor of Rennes in France. The Mayor, Allied officers and other city officials on a balcony. The U.S. and French flag hung from the balcony. People of the city gathered below to celebrate the liberation. French patriots round up collaborationists. Collaborationist men and women with torn clothes and painted faces paraded through the streets. An elderly man and woman with the French flag.
U.S. tanks and infantry advance in France during World War II. The tanks enter Laval. Military cars drive past along the tanks. Civilians cheer and wave to the troops on the tanks. Soldiers eat while they move along a road on military tanks. The civilians give water to the soldiers. The civilians tear down German posters. Officials fly a flag of the United States, France and Russia from a balcony. Civilians on cycles watch the troops on trucks as they advance. A pet dog with the soldiers on a tank. Military trucks with soldiers advance through Rennes. The soldiers move across a Bailey bridge on a river in Laval.
Map showing path of Allied advance after D-day invasion in World War 2. German Marshal Rommel with staff. German artillery and armor firing. American heavy artillery, armor, and infantry advancing toward St. Lo in operation Cobra. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, Lieutenant General Lesley James McNair, and Major General J. Lawton Collins, walking near the battle front. U.S. Army Air forces B-26 bombers dropping bombs at the front lines.(General McNair was killed by friendly bombers on July 25th in these operations.) U.S. infantry entering Saint Lo. House to house fighting and German soldiers taken prisoner.U.S.Sherman tanks firing point blank at houses and buildings.Large number of German prisoners being marched under guard with their hands over their heads. A wounded Allied officer being helped into a vehicle. Women and children refugees walking and in horse drawn wagons.French woman sorts through rubble trying to salvage some belongings. African American tank crewmen of the 761st Tank Battalion, operating with the U.S. 3rd Army, seen relaxing against a stone wall; cleaning their tank guns; and driving their Sherman tanks at high speed along dirt roads.General George Patton, Commander of the 3rd Army, looking through binoculars. French civilians waving enthusiastically as American armor drives through their villages. American forces arriving in Rennes, France, greeted by huge crowds and church bells ringing.