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  • Short Summary

    Material showing British ex-prisoners of war and U.S. army troops. Germany.

  • Description

    Unissued / Unused material.

    Germany.

    M/S three British soldiers meeting and shaking hands. L/S huge factory site. Various shots U.S. soldiers in it, military vehicles drive through. M/S factory. M/S German sign above it. M/S barbed wire fences. Various shots British soldiers (ex-prisoners ?) in the camp, they walk around and pose for the camera. Various C/U's of them. Various shots as they carry supplies along. C/U soldier displaying 'South Africa' badge on his sleeve.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1968.18
    Media URN:
    61827
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:16:00 / 01:59:38:00
    Canister:
    UN 1059 E

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    This footage was all shot by cameraman Walter Snowden of the 166th Signal Photo Company.

    '"M/S factory. M/S German sign above it"- this is the salt and potash mine complex at Merkers, Germany. Here were found hidden huge amounts of Nazi gold and stolen artworks.

    The footage can be dated to have probably come from April 1945, the area having been safely cleared by U.S. focus on 4th April 1945.

  2. merkersquest says

    My father was a British pow liberated here at Merkers. He was still at the mine 12th April 1945 when Eidenhower,Patton and Bradly visited the mine. Does this clip go beyond 2.50?

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