Rare color scenes from the Liberation of Paris, August 25, 1944, including an intact Eiffel Tower flying the French Tricolour, General Charles De Gaulle marching down the Champs Elysees, and Allied troops marching in front of the Arc de Triomphe.
Taken by newsreel cameraman Jack Lieb, this color home movie was donated by the Lieb family to the National Archives in 1984. You’ll see World War II from a perspective different than the official military film or commercial newsreel. With his personal footage, Lieb takes the viewer through the preparations in England, where he spent time with war correspondents Ernie Pyle, Jack Thompson, and Larry LaSueur, to the liberation of Paris and finally into Germany. Along the way, Lieb captured his experience on 16mm Kodachrome, filming everyday people in France and the occasional celebrity, such as Edward G. Robinson or Ernest Hemingway.
We kindly invite you to visit us at the Exposition de Photographies de la Waffen ϟϟ, 42 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. The Waffen-SS is at the forefront of the fight against the world threat of Communism with volunteers from all over Europe. January 1944.
French soldiers of the 2nd French Armored Division (2e Division Blindée, 2e DB) take cover in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe during the Liberation of Paris as they shoot at German snipers and pro-German French collaborationist militia who were making an attempt to free German prisoners. Several German soldiers and French collaborators lay dead and wounded on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August 1944.
General Charles de Gaulle, flanked by André Le Troquer, Georges Bidault, Alexandre Parodi, General Leclerc and other prominent members of the French Government-in-Exile, as well as members of the French Resistance and Free French Forces of the French Army’s 2nd Armored Division march down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe behind them, following the German’s surrender of Paris. On 25 August 1944, the same day that the Germans surrendered, de Gaulle, President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic, moved back into the War Ministry on the Rue Saint-Dominique. He made a rousing speech to a crowd of millions from the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall). Although Paris had been officially surrendered by the Germans, German and collaborationist French snipers were still firing when de Gaulle triumphantly marched down the Champs-Élysée. Paris,
Île-de-France, France. 26 August 1944.
French civilians triumphantly march down the west end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe stands behind them, following the surrender of the German garrison in Paris and the arrival of General Charles de Gaulle to assume control over the city as head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August, 1944.