French Bastille Day parade in Paris 1939, and German troops occupying Paris in 1940, during World War II
Paris France Date:1940 Duration:4 min 18 sec Sound:Yes
A group of German army troops seem marching casually at Champ de Mars, Paris, during 1940, in World War 2. Sounds of a fife and drum corps are heard in background. The Eiffel tower looms in the background. Some soldiers are on bicycles. View shifts to a nearly empty Champs Elysees, with Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) in the distance. German military vehicles move along the edge of the road. Camera moves closer to the Arc de Triomphe. Suddenly the scene shifts back a year, to the 1939 Bastille Day parade, in Paris. It shows British Grenadiers in uniform with bearskin hats, parading on the Champs Elysees, along with French Colonial Senegalese Riflemen wearing the Fez. Also seen are French Sailors, and infantry. Then, from a high point overlooking the parade, vehicles are seen pulling artillery. Back at street level, French 2-man Renault UE Chenillette tankettes are seen in formation. They are followed by a formation of Panhard AMD armored cars. Scene reverts to the present (1940) with German occupation troops marching past the Arc de Triomphe. As the German troops pass, German Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Fedor von Bock, Commander of Army Group B, is seen briefly saluting, as he reviews the troops from the sidelines. Another General stands with him. Spectators and column of German troops seen from Eiffel Tower. A German officer on horseback, leading his troops. Marshal von Bock, saluting. Various closeups of parading troops. View from an aircraft flying over the city of Paris, with Arc de Triomphe near center of the view. German troops towing artillery and caissons by teams of horses. Glimpse of the Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. Horse-drawn wagons, carrying German troops and towing field artillery at the Place de la Concorde. The French Naval Department building seen behind them. Parisians watching solemnly from sidewalks. German sentries posted at the Hôtel des Invalides, (where narrator says, Napoleon is buried). French policemen giving directions to a German soldier, holding a map. German troops moving along the side of a commercial district street. Two French women smiling as the camera focuses on them. German soldiers marching cheerfully, along a French country road with a chorus heard singing in the background.
This historic stock footage available in HD and SD video. View pricing below video player.
Have a correction or more info about this clip? Edit Now
Be the first to correct or edit this clip's info! Edit Now