During final phase of the first Battle of France ,in World War 2, while the British Expeditionary Force was evacuating at Dunkirk, Adolf Hitler decides to visit troops at the front. He is seen riding in an open car with military staff, from German Army Group A's headquarters at Charleville, France. They drive through war-torn area of Ypres, Belgium. View of the Ypres Cloth Hall and Cathedral of St. Martin. Hitler and entourage walking through the damaged Menin Gate (Memorial of World War I). Closeup of Hitler conferring with General Walter von Reichenau, Commander of the German 6th Army. He reviews troops, waves to the gathered soldiers. Soldiers give a Nazi salute. Hitler eats with other officers and soldiers at a field kitchen. He stands and waves from the car while departing. Soldiers cheer and wave. Hitler visits a WWI German cemetery at Langemark. He is greeted by soldiers upon entry. He pays his respects. Soldiers on guard along the cemetery border.
Canadian troops in Ypres, Belgium (West Flanders). An animated map shows Sanctuary Wood in Ypres, Belgium. War damaged buildings in the town. A man walks through debris. The troops walk over a small bridge. Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, poses for a photograph, along with Sir Julian Bing, commanding General of the Third Army, and other officers. An animated map shows the Canadians counter attacking the Germans in Sanctuary Wood in the June 1916 Battle of Mount Sorrel. Fallen trees. A cemetery with a cross in the bushes.
Events during the Paris Peace Conference. View of a horse carriage and crowd of people. Building of the ruined cathedral at Ypres in Belgium is seen. A fleet of motor cars arrives. United States President Woodrow Wilson is received by the Chief Magistrate and the Canadian Officer Commanding in Ypres. Huge crowd is gathered to get a glimpse of the President and other dignitaries. The President visits the famous cathedral and the Cloth Hall in Ypres.
British troops near Ypres, Flanders, Belgium in World War One. Bunkers of soldiers and debris. Tin sheds of bunkers in a snow covered rocky land. Rocky terrain. Uniforms and clothes hanging to dry. Soldiers washing clothes and holding some over a fire to dry them. Views of utter destruction in Ypres, below, during World War I.
Events during the Paris Peace Conference. View of the ruined building of the cathedral at Ypres in Belgium. United States President Woodrow Wilson leaves the cathedral. He is accompanied by Brand Whitlock, American Minister to Belgium. Other dignitaries include King Albert I, Queen Elizabeth, Mrs. Edith Wilson and the American Delegation. People climbed over the building to get a glimpse of the dignitaries.
President Raymond Poincaré accompanied by King Albert I and Marshal Ferdinand Foch on their tour through Ypres Belgium. A huge crowd of people gather to welcome them. Views of devastated city. City is awarded by 'CROIX DE GUERRE' a military award.