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.
Allied Invasion of Toulon,Southern France during Operation Dragoon of World War II on 28 August 1944. Troops occupy Toulon. Damaged naval base by allied air bombing. View of damaged port. Mountains in the background. Damaged French battleship Dunkerque. Damaged Submarine and torpedo plant at Toulon Port. Weapons installed by French includes 320mm naval guns. Civilians cheer arrival of the French troops. View of mountains ranges. Tanks advance through streets. Map depicts the route of advancement.
The damage at Toulon Harbor after the Allied attack on France during World War II. A map of France. Toulon Harbor after Allied bombings. A field gun at the harbor. Damaged buildings at a torpedo plant. Men inspect the plant. Sea Fort on the top of a mountain. A close up of the fort. A wrecked 88 mm gun. Men inspect the gun. Fort De La Croix Faron built in 1873. A jeep drives across a bridge. French coastal guns set up at strategic points near the fort. A wrecked naval gun. A soldier stands in front of the gun. A soldier looks at guns.
Parade along the Quai de Rive Neuve, Marseille, France,on August 29, 1944, celebrating the city's recapture by French forces in World War 2. French troops marching (with several Resistance members, in civilian clothes). Spectators watch from walls and buildings as well as sidelines. A French Colonial military marching band plays, followed by Colonial troops, some in turbans and others (Senegalese) wearing the red fez. They lead donkeys carrying artillery pieces. A group of French women in uniform, stand in front of tanks lined up on the sidelines. French troops in formation on the sidelines. A color bearer stands in moving military vehicle as it passes a large French tricolor flag displayed on a building. Many spectators line a wide parapet on that building. French General Joseph de Goislard de Monsabert, commander of the French forces that liberated the city, is seen conversing with several officers. Later, He is seen walking behind General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Commander of the French First Army that liberated Toulon and Marseilles., and Emmanuel d'Astier de La Vigerie, a French journalist, politician and member of the French Resistance. A woman runs into the street and presents a bouquet of flowers to General de Tassigny.
Allied Invasion of Southern France during Operation Dragoon in World War II, 19 August 1944. Wounded soldiers are evacuated to floating ambulances. Enemy troops fire artillery to block Allied advance. Several explosions. Aircraft in flight drop bombs. Tanks advance. Map of Marseilles and Toulon. Wounded soldiers are given first aid and blood transmit. Prisoners evacuated from combat zone. United States Army General Alexander M Patch and French General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny decorate soldiers.
General Charles De Gaulle and other officers march along the streets of France. A group of men walking on the streets of France. General Charles De Gaulle accompanied by other officers and several men march on the street of Toulon, France. Several buildings in the street. Trees along the side of the path. General De Gaulle salutes the French flag. Several men behind the General. Other officers also salute the flag.