Film opens with map showing lower France and Mediterranean areas.However, it shows images covering primarily the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur) under German occupation. German infantry march along a road. A flight of German FW-190 Fighter airplanes flies inland from the Mediterranean Sea and crosses low above a harbor. Change of scene shows a single fighter plane buzzing the Marseille Port. (It looks like a P-47 with invasion stripes. But It does not draw any anti-aircraft fire.) Camera tracks it from vantage point at the Marseille Basilica, high above the harbor. Brief view of the Basilica as the aircraft passes. A glimpse of the Marseille Port below from the Basilica. View of the Marseille Transporter Bridge designed by Ferdinand Arnodin and built in 1905. (It was destroyed after these films were made, in 1944.) A German soldier peering through binoculars in front of a 2 cm Flak 30/38/Flakvierling, quad anti-aircraft gun position. Another one is seen in the background. Several more views of German anti-aircraft and other gun emplacements protecting the Marseille Port, including 88mm guns, heavy machine guns, and coastal defense guns. Scene shifts to German soldiers marching near the French Riviera beach and palm trees. Italian cavalry are seen riding in formation, ostensibly from Nice. Italian soldiers in trucks are being transported along the Riviera waterfront. A road sign points toward Toulon at 6.3 kilometers away. (So this location is probably near Sanary-sur-Mer.) View of the Toulon harbor, where the French battleship Provence, scuttled in 1942, is seen settled low in the water at a pier.
American Troop Carrier crews gather for a briefing on August 14, 1944, the day before the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France, in World War 2. The captions then refer to their return to the UK later that month, and to the United States in October 1944. The air crews are seen assembled outdoors at an airfield in Italy. The weather is hot and some of them are without shirts. Some wear Khaki shorts. Views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, taken when some aircrew members return to the United States in October 1944.
Allied Invasion of Lyon,Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II on 3 September 1944. Liberated Lyons civilians cheer arrival of the American troops.US sherman tank drives into town. Damaged bridges,railroads and blocked highways. Sign points to a bypass due to bridge out. Major General John W O'Daniel, commander of 3rd Division, crosses river using bypass and directs pursuit of the German forces. French armored division enters Dijon on 11 September 1944. Civilians celebrate their arrival on street. French troops of the Seventh Army join with the French units of Third army. Map of France. American soldiers parade through streets after victory.
From a 1952 U.S. Army television program titled The Big Picture. U.S. troops in a fox hole in Korea. A U.S. tank carrying many GIs in Germany.US ski troops in Alaska. Amphibious training on beach in Puerto Rico. United States Army Sergeant James Mansfield introduces the story of United States Seventh Army in the Allied Invasion of Southern France, "Operation Dragoon." Army Colonel William Wilson Quinn seated in office, with army rifle on his desk. He refers to the "Blue Badge" which is the Army infantryman's badge. Then he introduces the story of the Seventh United States Army: On 14 August 1944 Bay of Naples is seen as an open air Marshalling area. Barrage balloons float above the area. Large landing ships sit at dock with their front loading doors open. 3rd,45th and 36th division combined into 7th United States Army. Mechanized war equipment being loaded and checked off the loading chart. 7th army soldiers march through streets. Red Cross workers distribute donuts. Soldiers board ships. Ships leave harbor to join convoy. Ships docked at the West Coast of Corsica. Officers meet for conference aboard ship. Men attend last minute details. Some pray. Animated map depicts the route of the advancement by the troops. Port Cros and Levant : French commandos landed on these islands. U.S. B-25 bombers in flight drop bombs. Fighting ships take their positions. Navigators, gunners and signal men alert. Soldiers prepare for fight. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft fly in formation. A B-24 bomber over mountains. B-25s in flight.509th Parachute Infantry Battalion being inspected at airport. Paratroopers get into aircraft. Aircraft taxis and takes off. United States Army Air Force C-47 Skytrain and C-54 Skymaster military transport aircraft in flight toward Southern France. Paratroopers descend to ground and advance. Gliders land. Soldiers unload and ready artillery. Aerial view of rugged terrain. Ships underway at sea. Officers look through binoculars aboard ship.
Amphibious and airborne Allied forces land in southern France during World War II. Map of Fance depicts Allied landings at Normandy on D Day. Naples: An Allied naval force assembles, poised for landing in Southern France, 10 weeks after D Day. Thousands of landing crafts, trucks, tanks, mobile canons, military vehicles and equipment in the embarkation area. Barrages in flight overhead. Allied officers supervise as the vehicles are loaded into ships. US, French, British, Greek and Polish troops move up to their ships. The ships underway in the Mediterranean. U.S. Secretary of Navy James Forrestal, U.S. Army General Alexander Patch, French Admiral Andre Lemonnier and U.S. Navy Admiral Henry Hewitt (Chief of the Atlantic Invasion Fleet) aboard the flagship. Allied soldiers stitch sleeve patches. An animated map depicts the Allied invasion of southern France near Toulon in a combined amphibious and airborne assault. Hundreds of transport aircraft carry paratroop forces. The paratroopers get ready, jump, and descend to the ground. The amphibious forces near the French coast. German shore batteries fire at the approaching naval vessels. Explosions on ships and in water. Allied troops crouched in landing crafts. They hit the beach under shell fire and advance in land.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War 2, in 1944. The U.S. Army 3rd division,takes some time out while en route to Brignoles, France. Troops seen eating from their mess kits and some resting, with their boots off. American infantry later enter the town of Brignoles, following its liberation by their 15th Regiment. A few local citizens watch. Wounded American soldiers are treated at an emergency aid station set up on a street in the town. The infantry pass through the town on their advance to the west. An M10 tank destroyer accompanies the infantry moving through the town.