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    Unused / unissued material. - Location and dates unknown / unclear.

    RAF (Royal Air Force) DC3's take off from dusty airstrip towing Horsa gliders.

    Aerial views of area where gliders landed. Air to air in flight as gliders are towed across coastline - good shots. More shots of gliders taking off.

    Travelling shot along row of gliders. Aerial view of airfield with lots of parked gliders and DC3's. Close shots of parked fighters - possibly Spitfires.

    Shots of troops / aircrew being briefed by officer with relief map. Various locations are pointed out.

    Various shots of British airborne troops around gliders. Controls of glider are checked. Troops check weapons (mainly Sten machine guns and Thompsons). Soldiers have Union Jack British flag emblem placed on arm of uniform.

    Gliders are moved into place and soldiers climb on board. Light artillery guns are loaded onto gliders. Various other equipment is loaded.

    Great footage of British troops preparing for glider attack.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:09:56:00 / 01:20:13:00
    UN 916 B
    Sort Number:
    UN 0916 B
  • Appears in...

    War & Revolution
    Temporary workspace: 31.8.2009 10:38 Combat Gliders RICHARD TOWNSEND DC-3 Horsa Gliders WW2: Aerial Attacks WW2: RAF
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Comments (2)

  1. Packhow75 says

    Commentary for this film available from the "Glider Party" Section of the War Diary of 64th Air Landing Light Battery Royal Artillery - Film of this unit and others for OPERATION DRAGOON - Aug 1944 taken in Italy 13th and 14th August and over the British Landing/Drop Zone at Le Mitan on 15th August. The Unit Briefing was conducted by the Battery Commander of 64th.

  2. Packhow75 says

    The Briefing was conducted by the Battery Captain - T/Capt D.M. Duncan, R.A - appointed to this position 12th July 1944... then at the time of the filming appointed unpaid Acting Major.

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