Opening scene shows German submariners taking "victory" shower baths. Versenkungswimpel (kill pennants) wave from a U-boat, showing tonnage of each ship sunk, as it returns to St. Nazaire, in World War 2. A seagull bird flies overhead. Officers are seen on the conning tower of a submarine, containing painted images of two satyrs flailing at each other. View forward,from conning tower of a submarine, as it moves on the surface. It displays banners reading "4500." Closeup profile silhouettes of two crewmen. The sun is low in sky. A sailor using semaphore flags signals to a submarine. View of crewmen crowding its conning tower, waving. This boat displays two kill pennants, a Kriegsmarine ensign flag, and a homemade flag reading "Ferner Liesen." It also displays flags with silhouettes of the two ships it sank. Along its deck are souvenir name plates and life preservers from those ships. The returning submarines are welcomed by a military band playing on the wharf. Crewmembers lined up on deck wave back. The boat's captain salutes as he is welcomed by Admiral Karl Doenitz (Dönitz), Commandant of the German U-boat fleet. Several women present flowers to the U-boat captain, as his crew stands on its deck, behind them. The women then give some to the crew members, as well. The crew leaves the boat deck. Closeup of the Captain saluting. Crew members seen being warmly greeted on the shore. One submariner drinks from a bottle of beer. Crew members seen standing on deck of U-boat as it moves toward, and enters steel reinforced concrete pen. View of maintenance being performed on hull of a submarine, inside the pen. A torpedo being loaded by crane and chains, into a submarine. Canned goods, supplies, being loaded into the U-boat.
Saint Nazaire truce for civilian evacuation during World War II. Fighting is halted to escort St. Nazaire citizens to safety. German troops at a rail road station. A train arrives at the station carrying refugees. They come out of the train and meet the soldiers.
German battleship Bismarck in sea near Saint-Nazaire, France. Views on British warship of lower deck, bombs are lifted by means of hoist. Guns aboard British warship are fired. Views of burning ship Bismarck in ocean in distance, explosion on Bismarck can be seen. British naval observers on bridge of ship. Views of German wounded sailors recovered from Bismarck being carried up gangway after having been rescued at sea. British aircraft carrier 'Victorious', biplane aircraft Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber on the deck of British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (91). British battleship at dock, two British Navy Officers shake hands. British sailors raise their hands and salute. Views of battleships. Sailors on board HMS Ark Royal raise a plaque celebrating the defeat of the Bismarck, above a Sebastopol 1854 plaque.
Shows American 42nd Coast Artillery troops at Saint Nazaire (France) embarking transport vessel SS Kroonland for United States shortly following the end of World War 1 in Europe. Troops armed with their rifles and loaded with supplies aboard the ship. Troops swarm the ship's deck.
Shows American General Blakely aboard the transport ship, SS Kroonland at Saint Nazaire in France during World War I. American 42nd Coast Artillery troops have food on the deck. Boarding stairs are retracted. The ship prepares to leave for United States following Armistice and end of World War 1.
Shows American 42nd Coast Artillery troops on the deck of the transport ship SS Kroonland at Saint Nazaire in France following armistice concluding World War I. American Flag flutters on the ship. People watch as the ship departs for United States. View of a tugboat towing transport ship in harbor. Other ships anchored at the harbor.