• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF WAR VETERANS ARE IN NORTHERN FRANCE REVISITING THE SCENES OF THE NORMANDY LANDINGS BY ALLIED TROOPS ON D-DAY 25 YEARS AGO TODAY (6 JUNE).

  • Description

    THOUSANDS OF WAR VETERANS ARE IN NORTHERN FRANCE REVISITING THE SCENES OF THE NORMANDY LANDINGS BY ALLIED TROOPS ON D-DAY 25 YEARS AGO TODAY (6 JUNE). THIS SOLEMN CEREMONY AT THE WAR CEMETERY AT RANVILLE WAS ONE OF MANY IN THIS PART OF NORTHERN FRANCE WHERE THE VAST ARMY LANDED AND FOUGHT FOR A BRIDGEHEAD INTO EUROPE.

    RANVILLE WAS THE FIRST VILLAGE TO BE LIBERATED IN FRANCE BY THE BRITISH SIXTH AIRBORNE DIVISION. ITS CEMETERY BEARS WITNESS TO THE FIERCE FIGHTING IN THE AREA.

    TODAY'S CEREMONY (6 JUNE) WAS ATTENDED BY GENERAL SIR RICHARD GALE, WHO COMMANDED THE SIXTH AIRBORNE DIVISION WHEN IT LANDED IN GLIDERS TO BEGIN THE D-DAY OPERATIONS.

    WITH HIM WERE MR. CHRISTOPHER SOAMES, BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN FRANCE, AND M. HENRY DUVILLARD, FRENCH MINISTER FOR EX-SERVICEMEN AND WAR VICTIMS.

    THE MEN WHO FELL AT RANVILLE WERE AMONG THE 2,500 WHO DIED ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE INVASION. ALTOGETHER 156,000 MEN OF THE BRITISH, UNITED STATES, CANADIAN AND FREE FRENCH ARMIES LANDED. 11,000 OF THEM WERE INJURED THAT DAY.

    BUT WHILE THOUSANDS OF EX-SERVICEMEN HAVE MADE THE TRIP TO FRANCE, BRITAIN'S TOP INVASION PLANNER AND ALLIED COMMANDER IN EUROPE, FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY, STAYED AT HOME IN HIS GARDEN. HE WAS EXPECTING FRIENDS IN FOR TEA.

    AT 81 "MONTY" IS THE SOLE SURVIVOR OF THE SUPREME COMMAND. HIS COMMENT ON D-DAY: "I CAN ONLY SAY I AM SORRY WE DID NOT WIN THE PEACE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAH9CR87H4LZRTTDF8FEHEFHVU
    Media URN:
    VLVAAH9CR87H4LZRTTDF8FEHEFHVU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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