French celebrate victory over Germans at Colmar, Alsace, during World War 2
Severne Alsace Date:1945 Duration:1 min 59 sec Sound:Yes
French General Charles De Gaulle arrives by car and is greeted by local girls outside the Cathedral in Strasbourg, Alsace, during World War II. He enters the cathedral to participate in services of thanks for the French military victory over German forces in the Colmar pocket, Alsace. Among others present in the cathedral are French Generals Jean de Lattre de Tassigny; Philippe Leclerc ; and Alphonse Juin. Outside, in the city square, General De Gaulle reviews French armor and troops and decorates French soldiers who participated in the Colmar and Strasbourg battles, as enthusiastic local citizens cheer. Later, in Severne, Alsace, General De Gaulle honors two American Generals with French military decorations. U.S. 7th Army Commander, Major General Alexander Patch (Sandy) receives the Legion of Honor and U.S. 6th Army Group Commander, Lieutenant General Jacob Devers receives the Grand Officer Award. U.S.Military band plays and U.S.troops march in review past De Gaulle, Patch and Devers.
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