• Short Summary

    Allied troops liberate French towns St. Malo,Trun, Orleans, Chartres and Le Mans.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Triumph in France".

    Various L/Ss of the Citadel at St. Malo under bombardment,still occupied by German army. Various shots of U.S. troops advancing through rubble of St. Malo, taking great care as they are under fire. Various shots German troops of the St. Malo Garrison being led away as prisoners. Some are wounded, all look dejected. Various shots of the Garrison Commander, Colonel Von Aulock (Madman of St. Malo) being escorted away. The Colonel's orderly follows on. The orderly is drunk - he staggers, hiccups and rants at American soldiers.

    Various shots of Canadian troops advancing through the burning town of Trun. Good shot of World War 1 memorial, still in tact but surrounded by rubble. Canadians destroy unsafe buildings with explosives.

    Various shots of tanks firing on Orleans. French policemen and civilians help Allied soldiers shoot last German snipers still hiding in buildings. Various shots at a farmyard (location unknown), the "men of the Maquis" retrieve hidden rifles and bren guns from barn. Amongst them is a young woman. They then march off carrying the French flag.

    L/S of Chartres Cathedral. C/U of signpost for 'Chartres'. Various shots of U.S. troops involved in street sniper fighting. Various shots of German prisoners and French collaborators being rounded up, an angry crowd jeers them. Amongst them are French women with their heads shaved.

    Various shots of life getting back to normal in Le Mans. Various shots of troops passing the Pathe Cinema. U.S. troops and nurses look at shops, they sit at cafe tables and watch mechanised units move through the town. Shops are fully stocked, everyone seems happy. Various shots of newspapers on sale on the streets telling of Le Maine Libre.

    M/S of Free French flag flying over London, St. Paul's cathedral dome in background. Good shot of front of St. Paul's. Various shots of crowds on steps of St. Paul's awaiting the news of the liberation of Paris.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:16:46:00 / 01:22:01:00

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