Allied soldiers in southern France during World War II. French civilians watch with dismay. German prisoners at a water front. Wounded on litters being loaded aboard a Landing Craft Infantry. French women and men watch the loading of the wounded aboard the LCI. Wounded American soldiers on litters being carried aboard.
French soldiers firing a Saint-Etienne model machine gun in a field in France. One soldier waits with a new strip holding 24 rounds of 8mm Lebel ammunition. As the previous clip is done firing, he inserts the new one, and the gunner continues firing. Behind them another gun crew is firing a Maxim machine gun. Next, French gunners are seen firing Hotchkiss Mle 1914 machine guns. Data appears on the screen comparing the machine gun output from the mobilization to 1917. (World War I. World War 1. WWI. WW1)
Film opens showing map of Normandy, France. Next, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower is seen seated in a jeep, conversing with an officer, standing nearby, who makes notes in a pad. Lieutenant General Omar Bradley sits in the back of the jeep, and a Major General stands beside the jeep. Other officers stand around in the background. Eisenhower converses with the Major General. Scene shifts to closeup of Lieutenant General George Patton. U.S. B-24 Liberator bombers fly overhead, part of a two thousand plane bombarding the Saint-Lô area on July 25, 1944. Closeup of a B-24 dropping bombs and views of bombs exploding on the ground. American M4 Sherman tanks and infantrymen advancing after the bombardment. U.S. troops riding atop an M8 Greyhound armored cars and M4 tanks. Animated map shows the extent of U.S. advance from Saint-Lô encompassing the entire Breton Peninsula. Then, it shows American forces swinging North and around to the West, trapping German forces at Falaise. A Tiger tank, camouflaged in shrubbery, moving along a road, followed by motorcycle, and trucks full of German soldiers retreating from the trap at Falaise. Brief closeups of German soldiers in some of the vehicles. A German FW-190 fighter-bomber seen flying very fast and low toward the camera. An explosion. British and Canadian soldiers coordinating in the field, further South. A battery of Allied heavy guns firing from camouflaged positions. An American 105 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M7 (called M7 Priest by the British) firing from a wooded area. Shells exploding in the distance. German soldiers sheltering from the shelling. Fires burning. Allied jeep driving past knocked out German tanks. A field ambulance leads a long column of German prisoners of war. They march four a breast with hands clasped over their heads. A convoy of Allied heavy duty trucks bringing supplies from beachheads to the front lines. (World War 2; WW II; WW2)
Allied Invasion of Marseilles, Southern France following Operation Dragoon. 23 August 1944. French forces enter Marseilles and engage any remaining Germans. French Algerian soldiers of the 3rd Algerian Division in firing positions. Soldiers walk to Fort Saint Nicolas. Body of executed man in Fort Saint Nicolas. Dead and wounded soldiers. Street defenses set up by enemy. Gun emplacements. Docks,warehouses and port facilities deliberately destroyed by retreating German forces. Part of ship with swastika visible just above water line. Bomb damaged hangers and aircraft at airport. Wrecked French planes with German markings. Liberated Marseillaise cheer Algerian troops. Officers converse.
Allied Invasion of France during World War II. German ammunition stores at an island in Saint Malo harbor are exploded on 17 August 1944. Allied troops explode stores as Germans refuse to surrender. Large smoke column arises.
U.S. 1st Army troops pass an abandoned German pill box near Cambrai, on their way to the Belgian border, during World War 2. U.S. tanks advancing along road to Saint-Quentin on September 1, 1944.Road sign points toward St. Quentin. Some French civilians watch as troops ride into the city aboard military vehicles. American flag is seen at window of a building.September 2nd, lead elements of the 1st Army pass road sign marking boundary between France and Belgium. A road sign on ground at the old formal border reads "Douane Belge." American tanks speed across Belgian fields in pursuit of retreating German soldiers.US units firing tank guns and machine guns at German positions.Smoke rising.Destroyed and burning German artillery, tanks, halftracks, and other vehicles and equipment along side of road.Destroyed civilian automobile and wagons. American troops entering town where Belgian flags fly. German Army Captain, accompanied by U.S. troops, urges his soldiers to surrender.He steps over wire fencing into a field where German soldier are coming forward. View of numerous German prisoners of war being held in a meadow.