Civilians cheer and welcome French and U.S. troops during the Liberation of Paris from Germans.
Paris France Date:1945 Duration:5 min 39 sec Sound:Yes
August 1944, Paris: Parisians along the streets of the city. A convoy of Allied troops and vehicles passes by. Civilians cheer and greet the troops. Men remove road blocks and barricades erected by the Germans. Tanks and military vehicles on the streets. 25 August 1944: A large crowd gathered to greet the French 2nd Armored Division led by General Philippe Leclerc. Soldiers on tanks wave to the crowd as they cheer and welcome the troops. U.S. soldiers and tanks amidst the crowd. The convoy approaches the Eiffel Tower. Girls, women and children kiss the soldiers. Street fighting between the FFI, Allied troops and German soldiers. Soldiers run across the street. Civilians take cover. A man clicks photographs. Germans fire. People take cover. The Allied convoy on the road. Soldiers in the streets fight back. German snipers shoot from a building. Nazi officers and soldiers taken prisoners. They are marched out of the Institute of German, used as their headquarters. Prisoners sweep the street outside Hotel Majestic. Allied soldiers and civilians watch. French and U.S. troops ride past Parisian monuments including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace De La Concorde, Champs Elysees, and approach the Arc De Triomphe. Collaborationists are rounded up, hissed at, and man handled. French crowd deals roughly with a female collaborationist: Men paint a woman's face and pull her by the hair. Male collaborationists are also led away. German General Dietrich Von Choltitz, Commander of the Paris region, and his German Garrison surrender. The German soldiers are marched through the streets past. The people of Paris celebrate. Civilians hold banners and read the newspaper headlines as they celebrate and cheer.
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