German forces wreak destruction during Battle of France in World War II
France Date:1940 Duration:2 min 43 sec Sound:Yes
Opening scene shows German heavy artillery firing as German forces invade France in 1940, during World War 2. Houses being destroyed by gunfire. Formation of Dornier Do 17 bombers in flight. Formation of German Heinkel He 111 bombers dropping bombs on France. Bombs exploding on the ground. German Panzer I and Panzer 38 tanks crossing a field. Glimpses from inside a tank. A tank smashing through a concrete block wall. German tanks moving through a French town, as infantry move along the sidewalks. A German sIG 33 auf Geschutzwagen self-propelled 15-cm gun fires point blank at a building and destroys it. A formation of Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers flies past a barrage balloon. Smoke rising all around Rouen Cathedral and environs from German bombing. Buildings in the area ablaze and collapsing. French citizens fleeing war zones in their private cars. An open truck evacuating several Catholic nuns. Parisian children carrying their luggage and belongings as they are being evacuated. Children being placed aboard a railroad train for evacuation. Closeup of one child's coat bearing his name and other information. Parents placing their children aboard a bus and waving tearful goodbyes. Sign identifying Valenciennes, France. Camera pans to scenes of destruction from German bombing. Street sign points to Avancon 7K and Reims 41k. A German Ju 87 aircraft diving and pulling out as it attacks. A German Panzer IV tank moving and firing straight ahead as it goes. Street sign for Chateau Porcien. Two Panzer 38 tanks racing along past a burning vehicle at the side of a road. A team of horses pulling an artillery piece. Tanks racing past the camera. Sign identifying Bazeilles, Montmedy, and Verdun. German tank plunging into stream at side of road, as it crosses. Dornier Do 17 bomber releasing bombs from a dive.
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