A motorcade arrives and dignitaries get off. German Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring greets French Marshal Philippe Petain and Admiral Francois Darlan in St. Florentin, France. Officers salute the two Frenchmen. Goring talks to Marshal Petain and Admiral Darlan. They board a train. The three leaders stand outside the train. A French flag on the car.
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.
Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
Germans advance through bomb damaged areas in France during World War II. German soldiers use binoculars to survey the area amidst the ruins of Fecamp commune. Soldiers fire machine guns. Explosions among the ruins below. Soldiers take cover and fight in the ruins. Burning and abandoned tanks. Soldiers fire at ships from a cliff. They fire antiaircraft guns. Boats in the Saint-Valery-sur-Somme port. Soldiers sit and wait. Parked military vehicles. A German officer talks to English and French Generals. They discuss documents. A large number of soldiers in line. They rest in a field. A German convoy advances. Soldiers on motorcycles cross a field. They dig on a town street. Tanks on the streets. A sign board for the distance to Paris and Grand Fitz James. Soldiers rest by the roadside. They man and fire artillery. Troops cross over pontoons.
The German invasion of France during World War II. The ancient German city of Strasbourg is in German hands. The Reich War Flag raised in the town. Views of the Strasbourg Cathedral. Civilians watch as German tanks advance on the city streets. The German invasion of Metz. Soldiers march through the city streets and past a bridge. German armored vehicles on streets beside Metz Cathedral, also called St. Stephen's Cathedral in Metz (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Metz). Civilians watch as Germans take over. German soldiers on horses and on foot. German soldiers holding several young French children and talking to them.
London is hit by incendiary bombs for the first time during the London Blitz. Nazi incendiary bombs fall and fires break out at night. View from Saint Paul's Cathedral of buildings set on fire by incendiaries. Firemen spray water on the buildings. A central switch board handles fire reports and assigns equipment to various sectors. A woman talks over a telephone. A large map is displayed in front of the room. A woman moves pegs on a pegboard, assigning firefighting equipment to parts of London. The pegboard reads 'no. of appliances available'.