French Resistance Forces fight against Nazi forces in the battle of Paris, France, during World War II.
Paris France Date:1944 Duration:8 min 47 sec Sound:Yes
Battle for Paris during World War 2. Eiffel Tower in Paris. View of the city. Street signs in German. Nazi flags flying from buildings. Women in an apartment fastening FFI (French Forces of Interior) armbands on each other. Men checking their small arms and hand grenades. Outside, men of the FFI camouflage automobiles they've acquired. Aerial view of the Ile de France in the Seine river, and closeup of armed FFI forces taking up positions along the river. FFI members firing at German troops. Several of the Resistance fighters firing at police headquarters, from behind a granite barrier. Dead and wounded German soldiers. Fallen FFI fighters. French resistance fighters seize a German artillery piece. Others with captured German arms. An old man and woman seen looking down from their apartment window. Wounded and captured German officers and soldiers leaving the Police Headquarters building, after being subject to direct fire by captured artillery. Resistance forces gathered with captured German Swastika flag, which one of them presents to the leader of the French Resistance, Gorges Rene Tanguy (aka Colonel Roy-Tanguy). Next, a car drives into the FFI-held Police headquarters, carrying the ex-Prefect of Corsica, Charles Luizet, sent by General Charles de Gaulle to assume command of the Paris Police forces. Uniformed French police are seen in a formation, next to a group of FFI members. Luizet and Tanguy walk together informally inspecting the two groups. Luizet speaks to those assembled, extolling their efforts. Next, a poster calls for volunteers to build defenses. Parisians, using pick axes, dig up paving stones and cart them off to build barricades. Women placing the stones on barricades. Men moving sand bags on carts. Boys helping men to build barricades. Frenchmen checking their weapons. Inside resistance headquarters, women and men, oftain information about disposition and status of German units and about approaching Allied forces. The Notre Dame cathedral viewed from a window of the Resistance headquarters. French police in position with weapons ready. German tanks moving near the Hotel de Ville. A Resistance bugler sounds call to arms. German Panzer I tanks on the streets and passing barricades. Parisians fell a tree as a tank deterent. Closeup of Notre dame facade from Resistance defense position. German snipers on Cathedral roof fire at FFI running across the square. Many scenes of street fighting, and individuals being hit, rescued, and the like. German vehicles on fire. Several German prisoners. Resistance fighters looking out windows of the Battle-scarred Hotel de Ville. Many scenes French exchanging fire with German snipers. More German prisoners.
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