The Maginot Line and its inner workings. Allied forces marshaling to confront Nazi Germany early in World War II
Europe Date:1940 Duration:3 min 28 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens with animated map showing the Maginot Line and attacks along it by Britiish and French and French Armies. Then it shows German Armies breaking through the line. Camera focuses along lines of steel post antitank barriers extending out of sight. Map illustrates fortifications in area labeled Maginot Line and shows vertical cross-section cutaway view of the Maginot Line fortifications. A French soldier is seen tending to an engine running deep inside the fortifications. French officers are seen near a large electric generator and large ducts for ventilation. French soldiers at a switch board in a communications center. French troops are seen double-time marching out from their quarters at the Maginot Line. Next they enter forts in the line. Closeup of soldiers' feet as they board small-gauge train to take them to their respective battle stations in the Maginot complex. View of the train carrying passengers through its tunnels. A French soldier moving large steel containers suspended on overhead trolleys. They appear to contain ammunition. A cook at work in a kitchen within the fort. French soldiers entertaining themselves, singing and clapping as one of them dances. A slate in the film reads:"Nous Vaincrons parce que nous sommes les plus forts" (We win because we are the strongest.) French troops marching to war. Animated map shows Areas under French control, including Colonial Africa, together with German-occupied areas. It shows other forces building up including those from British colonies and Canada and Australia. Closeup of French Colonial soldiers. French allied troops from various regions in the world marching. Massive parade of troops along the The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in Paris, with the Arch of Triumph behind them.
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