Opening Of New Bridges In Berlin 1946

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    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unknown / unclear.

    Berlin, Germany.

    Various shots show the opening of two new bridges in Berlin.

    French officer or general reads citation before US generals (?) before the bridge is opened. Sign at start of zone of French occupation. Soldiers in turbans hold flags. The American and French generals salute.

    Aerial views of the new bridges stretching over the river and the city of Berlin. US General cuts ribbon with a bayonet to open bridge. First cars move across the new bridge.

    Mass of US and French officers and soldiers travel over another bridge in an open railway carriage pulled by a steam train. US general makes speech to soldiers of the 333 company. Shots of US military men hammering a stake or nail into one of the railway sleepers. This seems to be a ceremony - the last nail in the track before it is officially opened. C/U of sign reading 'General George C Marshall Bridge Constructed by 333 Engineer Special Service Regt.' Train moves along track and the officials climb into the driver's cab. US general puts on the train driver's hat.

    Local children and adults stand near the bridges to watch the opening. Generals arrive at makeshift platform and make speeches to soldiers before opening of the railway bridge; the train is seen in the background. US soldier carries flag of the Engineer Special Services Regiment.

    Aerial views of Berlin showing bomb-damaged buildings.

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    British Pathé
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    01:35:01:00 / 01:42:47:00
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    UN 1323 D
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    Rebuilding Germany (Ep.1) Germany - Images of Devastation
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  • The General Alexander M. Patch highway bridge and the General George C. Marshall railway bridge are located in Mainz to Gustavsburg, Germany.

    tcronin 27th Feb 2013

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