German troops occupy Paris in 1940, during World War II, and scenes from Bastille Day Parade in 1939
Paris France Date:1940 Duration:4 min 29 sec Sound:Yes
A contingent of German army troops marches loosely along road at Champ de Mars, during World War 2, as music of a fife and drum corps plays in the background. The Eiffel tower looms in the mist. Some soldiers on bicycles bring up the rear. View shifts to the Champs Elysees, with Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) dominating the empty street. German military cars move along one edge of the road. Camera moves closer to the Arch. Suddenly there is a flashback to the 1939 Bastille Day parade, in Paris, showing British Grenadier Guards in dress uniforms with bearskin hats, parading on the Champs Elysee, along with French colonial Tirailleurs Sénégalais (Senegalese Riflemen), French Sailors, and French infantry. Then, from a high point overlooking the parade, vehicles are seen pulling artillery along the Champs Elyesees. Back at street level, French Renault UE Chenillette tankettes drive in the parade, followed by a formation of Panhard AMD armored cars. Film cuts back again to a year later (1940) with German occupation troops marching past the Arc de Triomphe. As the German troops pass, camera focuses briefly on German Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Fedor von Bock, Commander of Army Group B, reviewing the troops from the sidelines with another German general. View from Eiffel Tower of spectators and column of German troops below. Closeup of German officer on horseback, leading contingent of troops. Marshal von Bock, saluting. Closeups of parading troops. Aerial view looking down on the city of Paris, with Arc de Triomphe near center of the view. German artillerymen towing guns and caissons by means of horses. Ground views of the Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower. German troops riding on horse-drawn wagons, towing field artillery at the Place de la Concorde. The French Naval Ministry building seen behind them. More horses with troops, and artillery. Grim-faced Parisians watching from sidewalks. German sentries standing guard at the Hôtel des Invalides, where the narrator notes, Napoleon is buried. French policemen talking with a German soldier, as they consult a map. German troops proceeding down the side of a commercial district street. Two French women smiling as they realize the camera is focused on them. Cheerful German soldiers marching informally, along a French countryside road, with a German marching chorus song heard singing in the background.
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