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    Prisoners of war and German towns devastated by bombs. Germany.

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    Unissued / Unused material.


    Various shots German prisoners of war getting off lorries. American soldiers talk to Germans who have been captured. L/S masses of people in square. M/S dead bodies on ground. M/S American soldiers stood around. C/U emaciated dead body lying face down. M/S soldiers standing with Germans looking at dead bodies. American soldiers look at man's papers. C/U one man. Various shots prisoners getting off lorries. M/S as a truck drives through. C/U soldier holding up sign 'Worms, Germany P.W. cage'. L/S prisoners in big square. L/S pan over bodies on ground with people standing around. M/S bodies. Various shots American military walking through. Senior officers drive off in jeeps. M/S bodies. L/S destroyed railway station, various shots blown up and destroyed trains. Various shots destroyed station at Hamm with railway lines torn up etc. Various shots of destroyed buildings. Various shots destroyed towns and railway stations. M/S collapsed building.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:30:00 / 01:24:07:00
    UN 1027 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    The footage seen here comes from various dates and locations, and is rather jumbled up.

    Of the identifiable material, the footage beginning at 0:38 was shot at the Ohrdruf concentration camp, a sub camp of the Buchenwald camp system, on 12th April 1945.

    Seen at 1:04 is General Dwight D. Eisenhower with, behind him, General George Patton and General Omar Bradley.

    The shots from 1:17 to 1:22 show camp survivors demonstrating how German guards had tortured them.

    The material beginning at 2:41 was shot at Worms, Germany, on 7th April 1945, and was shot by a cameraman named "Gerzeni", of what looks to be the 163rd Signal Photo Company. His material shows a "PW cage", a temporary field installation for holding prisoners of war. (It is likely that the footage prior to 0:38 also shows this PW cage, as prisoners arrive at it).

    The footage from 4:13 onwards shows the damage to Hamm railway station.

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