Ground crews struggle to control an amphibian blimp being threatened by winds near the water at St. Malo, France. Aviator Barra Sturzt is visible above the cabin of the blimp, waving his arms and trying to direct the efforts of ground crews. Members of the French Auto Club, which organized the seaplane competition, are seen talking together. (At end, a few frames show several club members standing with a military officer in dress uniform with sword. To their left (right in photo) an aviator in flight gear, including helmet, walks toward a biplane parked on rails at edge of water.)
American troops and war correspondents in France, during World War 2. They visit Mont Saint Michel, a small rocky island at the mouth of Couesnon River in Normandy, separating Normandy and Brittany. View of the island with a monastery at the top. War correspondent Robert Capa (of Life and of Time Magazines) looks on and takes pictures. Military jeeps leave the island. Madam Poulard stands under a sign at her Hotel Poulard. Sign for the Hotel and its reputed omelette. Soldiers on the street. Shops and French flags. GIs at the Benedictine Abbey and steepled church. An old French man points. U.S. Soldiers take a tour of the monastery with a woman guide. Steeples, towers, arches and other architectural features of the abbey and monastery. War correspondents including Charles Collingwood, Chicago Daily News' Helen Kirkpatrick, New Yorker Magazine's Joe Liebling (Abbot Joseph Liebling) and Warden Becker. Helen and Charles pose for the camera. Ernest Hemingway, covering for Colliers Magazine, drinks and talks to Bill Walton. War correspondents including Bill Stringer seated and walking on the street. They visit the monastery and take pictures. Civilians on the streets. Tall sticks in sand placed by German forces around the island to prevent Allied planes from landing at low tide. Three war orphan brothers whose parents were killed at the battle of St Lo, play on the beach as their grandmother looks on. Views of the island and patterns on the sand around the island from the receding waters of low tide. St. Malo, Brittany: Field near Saint Malo. American soldiers bathe and swim in a lake. They fool around in the water, taking a break from battle.
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.
U.S. soldiers in Saint Malo, France. Civilians with cycles. Civilians talk to each other. Prisoners in field. Civilians talk to them. A civilian talks to an officer with map. A man holds documents in a communications truck. Civilians behind a fence in the background. A sign reads 'St Malo'. A woman leads a cow. A man with a baby carriage. Trucks loaded with U.S. soldiers pass by.
Bombing Saint Malo, France. A plane in flight. Aerial view of land below. Heavy smoke rises up due to explosions. Several bomb explosions in the city.
United States soldiers in Saint Malo, France. A United States soldier in foxhole. A 75 mm gun in the background. A U.S. soldier with binoculars behind 75 mm gun. Soldiers behind 57 mm gun. A U.S. aircraft P-47 Thunderbolt in flight over town. Bomb explosions in the city. Heavy smoke rises up. 155 mm gun camouflaged in trees. Mortars fired. Smoke rises up.