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.
A German Ordinance Depot outside of Rennes in France. Damaged and destroyed interior of the Depot. Abandoned equipment on racks. Damaged equipment in the depot rooms.
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.
Allied bombers hit German targets in Abbeville and Rennes in France. British Blenheim bombers are seen flying through black bursts of Flak. U.S. B-26 Martin Marauder bombers in flight. Bombing of German airfield at Abbeville. Views from cockpit of a British bomber flying at extremely low altitude, skimming rooftops, to attack German targets in Rennes, France. View of bullet holes, from ground fire, in the left wing of the aircraft in flight.
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.