• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 4,000 MEN PARADED THROUGH THE HEART OF A SMALL TOWN IN NORTHERN FRANCE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), TO MARK THE NIGHT 25 YEARS AGO WHEN THE TOWN -- SAINT LO -- WAS ALMOST DESTROYED BY ALLIED BOMBING.

  • Description

    MORE THAN 4,000 MEN PARADED THROUGH THE HEART OF A SMALL TOWN IN NORTHERN FRANCE YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), TO MARK THE NIGHT 25 YEARS AGO WHEN THE TOWN -- SAINT LO -- WAS ALMOST DESTROYED BY ALLIED BOMBING. THE PARADE WAS TO CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY INVASION OF FRANCE, AND THOUSANDS OF PRESIDENTS OF THE RECONSTRUCTED SAINT LO GAVE THE MARCHERS A ROUSING WELCOME.

    THE PARADE WAS REVIEWED BY THE FRENCH PRIME MINISTER, M. MAURICE COUVE DE MURVILLE, AND WAS WATCHED BY FOREIGN MINISTER M. MICHEL DEBRE, AND VETERAN'S AFFAIRS MINISTER, M. HENRI DUVILLARD.

    IT CLIMAXED THREE DAYS OF CELEBRATIONS IN MEMORY OF THE ALLIES ONSLAUGHT ON HITLER'S EUROPEAN FORTRESS.

    IT IS NOT KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE OF SAINT LO DIED IN THE BOMBING ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 6-7, 1944, BUT DURING THE PAST 25 YEARS,IN WHICH THE TOWN HAS BEEN REBUILT, THERE HAS BEEN DEBATE OVER WHETHER THE BOMBING WAS NECESSARY.

    TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WERE FRENCH, BRITISH, UNITED STATES AND CANADIAN TROOPS, WHILE A VETERAN LANCASTER BOMBER AND TWO SPITFIRE FIGHTERS JOINED IN A FLY-PAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3WWYJ1QRP95UM2LWCD30GUPVM
    Media URN:
    VLVA3WWYJ1QRP95UM2LWCD30GUPVM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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