U.S. 7th Army and French FFI during the recapture of Metz, Strasbourg and Belfort in France during World War II.
France Date:1944 Duration:2 min 58 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. 7th Army and French troops recapture French cities during World War 2. French troops parade in Metz. The troops march in formation through the city streets. U.S. Army Major General Walton H. Walker, who led the U.S. Army and the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) in the capture of the city from the Germans. General Walker with other officers walks out of a building. French soldiers stand in a formation during a ceremony in which the city is to be returned to the French. In the official ceremony, General Walker returns the city to French Lieutenant-General Andre-Marie-François Dody, acting for his country.The crowd cheers. The Generals walk away. Scene shifts to Strasbourg, where Provost Marshal McIntyre, of the U.S. 7th Army, accepts the surrender of Two German Battalions (5 thousand troops) from their commanding General. The surrendered German soldiers are lined up in the street. German officers waiting to get into trucks. In another sequence, a sign on a street in Belfort reads 'N.463 Montbeliard'. French 1st Army troops on tanks advance through the streets in Belfort. A sign showing the direction to Belfort Castle. French troops fire at the castle in Belfort. Soldiers behind a wall and an M-3 Stuart tank and an anti-tank gun fire from behind the Theatre Granit building at the Belfort Castle. Explosions occur at places in the castle. An underground tunnel of the Belfort Castle is inspected by a French General. Several officers walking with the General. The French flag hoisted on the castle. U.S.Major General Walker proceeding with officers over a bridge. The officers on a path on a hill. Aerial view of buildings.
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