Francoise Rosay gives commentary on the underground in France, including the Maquis.
Item title reads - Men of the Maquis - the story of the underground army of France with an exclusive personal narrative by the eminent French actress Francoise Rosay (by courtesy of Ealing studios).
Various shots at a Paris railway station during the occupation, a train pulls in carrying German A.A. gun and German troops. A high ranking German officer gets off the train. L/S Eiffel Tower, camera pans down to two German soldiers reading newspapers. M/S German flag flying from tower, a soldier laughs. M/S column of German soldiers marching past Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysees. High angle from the top of Arc showing the column marching. M/S of "Gripsholm" ship carrying prisoners of war to safety, they walk about on the dock. M/S of American press correspondent and former prisoner Ralf Heinzer with his family, he speaks of his experiences in Germany and gives credit to underground workers in France etc.
Various shots of nazi officers overseeing the press and newspaper content. C/U and M/S of antifascist leaflets and newspapers from the underground press. M/S of Frenchman sabotaging nazi poster. Various grainy shots of French town wrecked by the Germans, people try to get back to normal life. Various shots of the Maquis, who would not work or fight for the Germans, in training at a secret location, various shots as they take the oath of allegiance. They walk through woods and work on wooden hut, various shots as they wash their faces, sharpen knives and saw branches. M/S of one boy having his hair cut. M/S outside their camp. Various shots as water is ladled into buckets and cans. The camera pans across the men, who are not even guaranteed weapons. Various shots as they fly their flag.