Opening scene shows German heavy artillery firing as German forces invade France in 1940, during World War 2. Houses being destroyed by gunfire. Formation of Dornier Do 17 bombers in flight. Formation of German Heinkel He 111 bombers dropping bombs on France. Bombs exploding on the ground. German Panzer I and Panzer 38 tanks crossing a field. Glimpses from inside a tank. A tank smashing through a concrete block wall. German tanks moving through a French town, as infantry move along the sidewalks. A German sIG 33 auf Geschutzwagen self-propelled 15-cm gun fires point blank at a building and destroys it. A formation of Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers flies past a barrage balloon. Smoke rising all around Rouen Cathedral and environs from German bombing. Buildings in the area ablaze and collapsing. French citizens fleeing war zones in their private cars. An open truck evacuating several Catholic nuns. Parisian children carrying their luggage and belongings as they are being evacuated. Children being placed aboard a railroad train for evacuation. Closeup of one child's coat bearing his name and other information. Parents placing their children aboard a bus and waving tearful goodbyes. Sign identifying Valenciennes, France. Camera pans to scenes of destruction from German bombing. Street sign points to Avancon 7K and Reims 41k. A German Ju 87 aircraft diving and pulling out as it attacks. A German Panzer IV tank moving and firing straight ahead as it goes. Street sign for Chateau Porcien. Two Panzer 38 tanks racing along past a burning vehicle at the side of a road. A team of horses pulling an artillery piece. Tanks racing past the camera. Sign identifying Bazeilles, Montmedy, and Verdun. German tank plunging into stream at side of road, as it crosses. Dornier Do 17 bomber releasing bombs from a dive.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. German troops and cavalry advances in France. A sign for Paris, Soissons, and Aisne. German forces enter Paris. Soldiers raise a Nazi flag on the Eiffel Tower. Aerial view of Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses and the city of Paris. German troops march before the Arc de Triomphe at Champs Elysses. They pass various Parisian landmarks. German officers in Paris salute parading troops and award Iron Crosses. Close up views of faces of German soldiers in award ceremony. An animated map depicts the German advance towards Normandy and Brittany. soldiers work on the streets. They carry planks and other equipment and climb uphill. German cavalry and infantry cross a river. German artillery bombards the Verdun forts. Soldiers load and fire artillery. A German General reviews troops in Verdun. French troops surrender. Wrecked forts and a WWI monument. German infantry parades past the forts. French civilians and French POWs (Prisoners of War). German forces pass abandoned war material. Troops advance through French towns. German tank men study maps. German soldiers at a road block.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. An animated map depicts the German advance across Saar and the Rhine. They close in on Belfort, Verdun, Strassburg, Epinal and Colmar. Explosions near a defense line in the battle field. French troops load guns in the Verdun forts. Soldiers shout out instructions, load and fire artillery guns. Racks full of shells. Soldiers take aim and fire guns. Soldiers operate various machines and equipment. Explosions near railroad tracks. Numerous explosions on hills. Long barrels of artillery guns. German officers brief soldiers with the help of a map on a wall. German infantry crosses a river in motor launches. Firing on either side of the river. Soldiers in boats go across, land ashore and move into wooded area. German troops advance, reduce French strong points. Soldiers fire artillery. German officers ride by in staff cars. Officers and soldiers survey the surrounding hills and landscape. Germans guard French POWs (Prisoners of War). Troops cross a pontoon bridge and enter French forts.
The German invasion of France during World War II. German troops capture the huge fortress of Verdun. German infantrymen march through Verdun. Smoke due to explosions and bombardment nearby. A German Commander examines the Fort de Marre. Various views of bombed works on the Maginot Line, including ouvrages, casemates, shelters, observatories, blockhouses, and armored cloches. Officers and soldiers discuss war strategy. German tanks and personnel carriers advance quickly on a road.
Architecture of Verdun in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. View of Verdun: the ramparts, walls (eighty feet thick), and the river bridge on the banks of Meuse. French civilians at the Meuse on a Monday: people beside a pond. Shell holes and people in the holes.
King Alfonzo XIII of Spain,Marshal Ferdinand Foch, of France, and other officials, speak with a Roman Catholic clergyman inside bombed-out remains of Cathedral of Notre-Dame, in Verdun, France. The king and others walk out of the building. The King at train station. King Alfonzo XIII, and others, escorted by French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, examines the Verdun battlefield. Snow on the ground. From a high point overlooking the battlefield, Marshal Foch points out key locations with his swagger stick and then escorts the King down into a trench and dugout. . The king with Marshal Foch in a car.