Rouen Cathedral in Rouen France bombed heavily by British bombers taking several direct hits that narrowly missed destroying key pillars. German troops putting off fires from the smoky ruins using water hoses. The 151m tall central spire is easily visible.Shows three men passing by the smoking debris.April 1944.
The French Grand Prix on the Rouen-Les-Essarts track in Rouen, France. Aerial view of the city. British Formula One racing driver Norman Graham Hill stands with another person. Australian driver Jack Brabham gets ready. Formula One driver Jim Clark Scottish in a racing car. Racing cars driven on the track. Austrian Karl Jochen Rindt wins the race. Cameramen in the foreground. The award is presented by a woman.
War ruins in Rouen, the capital city of Normandy in France, during World War II. A German General surveys the city. Smoke from burning buildings. German soldiers fire guns and battle the enemy across the canal. Soldiers take cover behind sand bag barricades. Pillars of a damaged bridge. Soldiers use binoculars to survey the area. They load and fire artillery. Smoke from explosions on either side of a canal. Smoke from burning buildings. The damaged Notre Dame Cathedral. Ruins and rubble on the streets. Soldiers clear debris from the streets. They use water hoses to put out the cathedral fire. The damaged structure of the cathedral. Bomb damaged buildings. French prisoners marched on the streets. Military vehicles enter a gate. A sign for Paris beside the gate. The smoke shrouded skyline.
Allied invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. U.S. General Joseph McNarney, Deputy Chief of Staff at a desk as he outlines the importance of June 6, 1944 the day Allied forces attacked the Germans in Normandy. He speaks about the decision to knock down the Nazis first and then the Japanese during the World War. He says that the invasion of Normandy was planned in November 1943. He also states how General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, planned and executed the invasion. He also speaks about how the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Forces aircraft bombarded the coasts of Normandy prior to the D Day invasion. Past events show American soldiers getting onto landing crafts in England as they leave for the invasion. The soldiers aboard the ships in the English Channel. The soldiers read the Bible and comics, sleep and cook aboard the ships. On June 5th , 1944 the ships head towards Normandy for the invasion. In England gliders carrying paratroopers take off from an airfield to bombard the German positions in Normandy. The soldiers receive ration and work on motorbikes. TNT ( trinitrotoluene )being loaded. The soldiers check their guns and other weapons prior to the invasion. Jeep and artillery being loaded onto aircraft.
One month after D-Day, Allied forces continue advances across Normandy,France. German General and high ranking staff surrender to U.S. Major General Lawton Collins. U.S. artillery pounds German positions. On shell has 'Happy 4th Adolph' written on it. General Eisenhower greets and American soldier in the field, as Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, stands nearby. Church bells ring and French population celebrates Bastille Day (July 14th). American soldiers join in dancing at a town square during the celebrations. U.S, troops march along a road, one wearing a bowler hat. U.S. troops, firing machine guns, mortars, and recoiless rifles engage the Wehrmacht 352nd Division and other German defenders in costly battles amongst the hedgerows of Normandy. German troops surrendering. Wounded U.S. troops being treated. U.S. Sherman tanks and infantry moving along the hedgerows. A fallen U.S. soldier inside a hedgerow. U.S. troops enjoy a lull in battle. One naps in a farm field, while another chases a chicken. One GI reads the Stars & Stripes newspaper and another reads a letter from home. Several U.S. soldiers bathe in a creek while being protected by armed sentries.
Former U.S. war correspondents in Normandy, France to mark the 25th anniversary of Allied invasion of France during World War II. Correspondents outside a cafe near Normandy as they prepare to leave a luncheon. Retired General J. Lawton Collins is escorted by a uniformed U.S. Army officer to a waiting car. View of the Normandy coastline from a moving car. American flag on the bonnet of a car as it drives along the road. Graves at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Wife of a correspondent walks amidst graves at the cemetery. Grave of Wesley J. Rubenstein with a Star of David Jewish headstone. An F-4E Phantom aircraft in flight overhead. American and French flags hoisted at the cemetery. Correspondents tour the cemetery. View of a plaque ad time capsule unveiled by the correspondents and presented that day. It says, "In memory of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and the forces under his command, this sealed capsule containing news reports of the June 6, 1944 Normandy Landings is placed here - by the newsmen who were there. June 6, 1969." A man with a baby tied to his back. Correspondents speak during the ceremony. A photographer clicks pictures.