• Short Summary

    TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, THE ALLIES LAUNCHED THEIR SECOND THRUST INTO NAZI-OCCUPIED FRANCE. THEY?

  • Description

    TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, THE ALLIES LAUNCHED THEIR SECOND THRUST INTO NAZI-OCCUPIED FRANCE. THEY SWARMED ON TO THE BEACHES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE TO BEGIN THE NORTHWARD DRIVE, EVENTUALLY TO LINK UP WITH THE TROOPS WHO TOOK PART IN THE NORMANDY LANDINGS TWO MONTHS EARLIER.

    TO COMMEMORATE THE AUGUST 1944 LANDINGS, PRESIDENT CHARLES DE GAULLE HEADED A SERIES OF CEREMONIES IN TOWNS ALONG THE FRENCH RIVIERA. FOR THE 60-MILE (96-KILOMETRE) TOUR, HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN AMBASSADORS TO FRANCE AND GENERAL LYMAN LEMNITZER, AND PRESENTLY-DAY ALLIED MILITARY COMMANDER IN EUROPE.

    AT ST. RAPHAEL, WHERE HE LAID A WREATH AT THE TOWN'S WAR MEMORIAL, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE SAID THAT "THE LANDING HERE REPRESENTED THE BEGINNING OF THE PARTICIPATION OF FRANCE AS A NATION AND AS A STATE IN HER OWN LIBERATION."
    HE LAID ANOTHER WREATH AT ST. MAXIME, THIS TIME IN MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THE 45TH AMERICAN INFANTRY DIVISION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE LANDINGS.

    THE STOP AT RAYOL WAS EQUALLY BRIEF, BUT THE CROWDS WERE JUST AS THICK. HERE HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A BOUQUET FROM A SMALL GIRL.

    THE BIG CEREMONIES CAME IN TOULON, THE LAST OF THE EIGHT TOWNS, WHERE FRENCH, BRITISH AND AMERICAN WARSHIPS WERE ANCHORED IN THE HARBOUR FOR THE CELEBRATIONS. AFTER INSPECTING A FRENCH VESSEL, PRESIDENT DE GAULLE TOOK THE SALUTE AS ALLIED TROOPS MARCHED ALONG THE MAIN STREET FOLLOWED BY CONVOYS OF ARMOURED VEHICLES.

    OVERALL, THE COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES WERE CHARACTERIZED BY THE EMPHASIS PUT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE PART PLAYED IN THE LIBERATION BY THE TROOPS OF AMERICA AND BRITAIN, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE PRAISED THE FRENCH CONTRIBUTION TO THE ALLIED EFFORT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA46484C3HMYMDPMACSA3CEDW97
    Media URN:
    VLVA46484C3HMYMDPMACSA3CEDW97
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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