Armed French Resistance fighters pose near roadside sign at entrance to city of Rheims, France, on August 30, 1944. American soldiers converse with French priests and Resistance fighters. Local residents gather at the Royal Square by the statue of Louis XV. bTowers of Rheims Cathedral can be seen behind. An American soldier can be seen. A brief ceremony ensues in which French Resistance fighters appear to take responsibility for reoccupation of the city. They then proceed through the city on a truck with loudspeakers, making announcements. U.S. soldiers mingle with residents of the city.
As Allied forces occupy Rheims, France, during World War 2, a French soldier affixes French tricolors on bronze statue in war memorial created by Paul Lefebvre, near the Place de la Republique in Rheims, France. Rubble is seen at this memorial to the fallen of World War I, which has been badly damaged, during the current conflict (World War 2).
Summary of World War II events and formation of the United Nations Organization. Soviet troops on Eastern Front of Europe fire artillery on German positions in 1944. Russian troops advance. German soldiers come out of buildings and surrender. Allied Forces land in France on D-Day. Allied troops and tanks fight Germans on streets. German prisoners of war march along road. In 1945, the Allied leaders meet at Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula to discuss Allied military strategy in the final months of WWII. Leaders included British PM Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin D Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. The meeting of U.S. and Russian troops at the Elbe River. Aerial view of Berlin in ruins. Wrecked buildings all over. German officials signing surrender instrument at Rheims. U.S. President Harry S Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at Potsdam Conference. U.S. Marines battling on beaches of Pacific Islands. The U.S. flag raises at Iwo Jima. Aerial view of bombed Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese surrender to MacArthur aboard the battleship USS Missouri. General MacArthur speaks aboard Missouri. Victory celebrations all across the world on V-J Day. Crowd on street celebrates. Crowd jams streets. Delegates of Nations, among them Andrei Gromyko and Vyascheslav Molotov meet in San Francisco and create a United Nations organization. Truman arrives at signing of UN charter. Various delegates sign charter. U.S. troops disembark at U.S. ports and discharged.
View of bridge across the Marne River destroyed by retreating German soldiers. . View shifts to U.S. Army XX Corps troops,trucks,jeeps,halftracks and tank destroyers crossing a pontoon bridge erected by Army Engineers nearby, at the bridgehead captured on 27 August 1944, during World War 2. French civilians watch from the bank of the river and wave as troops pass through their village. Using this crossing, the XX Corps continued its advance on Rheims.
Views of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame,in Rheims, France, during World War 2. A massive concrete wall has been erected in front as a bulwark to protect the cathedral from war damage. Equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, is seen in front of the Cathedral. Various views of the cathedral.
Headquarters and camps in Rheims, France. Aerial views of Camp Norfolk, Camp Atlanta, Camp New Orleans, Camp Miami, Camp San Antonio and Mailly Sub area HQ. Aerial views of Rheims and Mailly Sub area Assembly Commands, covered tanks, sheds, houses, pitched tents and vehicles.