View of collaborationist French soldiers from the Legion of French Volunteers Against Bolshevism (Légion des volontaires français contre le bolchévisme, or, Légion des volontaires français, or LVF.) The LVF soldiers, made of of right-wing French and French prisoners, are marching through the streets of Versailles, France, toward the Versailles Chantiers train station, to begin their trip to the Soviet Union where they will fight together with Germany against Soviet forces in World War 2. To the Germans they were known as Infantry Regiment, or Infanterieregiment 638. Led by a Band, the soldiers march through streets of Versailles and uphill toward the main arched entrance of the Versailles Chantiers station. Civilians line streets to bid farewell, and some women kiss soldiers goodbye. View of black locomotive leading the train. LVF board a train car with chalk inscription on the side "Paris - Moscow, LVF".
German occupation of France during World War 2. The cathedral in Reims, France. Vehicles and a few men on a road in front of the church. Trees lining the road. The railway car in which an armistice agreement was signed by Germany and the Allies at end of World War 1. The Memorial Tablet symbolic of the 1918 armistice, the Alsace-Lorraine, and Ferdinand Foch's Memorial in Compiegne Forest. Ferdinand Foch's carriage in which the first armistice was signed. In 1940 : German troops cross River Marne in rafts. A signboard showing the distances to Paris and Soissons. Another signboard showing the distances to Grand Fitz James and Paris. Troops on tanks moving on roads. A signboard shows distances to Pontarme and Paris. A soldier with a gun on his back. Soldiers moving with carriages on a path between fields. Trees lining the path. German troops moving on tanks advancing deeper into France. The troops on the road in front of the castle in Versailles. The German flag hoisted on a flag pole over the Palace of Versailles and German soldiers occupy the Palace of Versailles.
People gather in large numbers outside the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. It is the eve of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles.
The eve of signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. View of the gardens and fountains at the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. People gather in large numbers at the palace gardens,around water pools and fountains.
The eve of signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. Dignitaries exit from their cars and enter the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. French guards and officials welcome them as they exit their cars. The dignitaries include French Foreign Minister Pichon, French Prime Minister Clemenceau, Robert Lancing,General Bliss, Herbert Hoover, French General Maunoury, Generals Allen and Pershing, Colonel House, Arthur Balfour, Ignacy Paderewski, British Prime Minister Lloyd George, Baron Sonnino, Ambassador Huge Wallace and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson with his wife.
The eve of signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Large crowd climbs the stairs of the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France.