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  • Short Summary

    De Gaulle at a moving Night Watch and mass next day at Douaumont Ossuary and cemetery.

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    Unissued / unused material - some dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Verdun, France

    VS Scenes around Verdun as First World War veterans await the arrival of the French President, General Charles de Gaulle at the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Verdun celebrations. High shot, General de Gaulle arrives at the monument commemorating the battle and lights a flame at the base. CU Inscription on the War Memorial. VS General de Gaulle walks through crowds in streets of Verdun and shakes hands with veterans and townspeople.

    Various views, good shots of the thousands of crosses of the war graves in the cemetery of Douaumont Ossuary at Verdun. VS The Night Watch ceremony at the cemetery attended by de Gaulle. The place is lit by flaming torches. Veterans carry ceremonial torches and bonfires burn.

    VS The following morning and General de Gaulle arrives for the ceremony standing in an open top car. Mass is said for the dead in the battle of Verdun and the dead of both World Wars watched by veterans, widows and crowds at the Douaumont Ossuary. De Gaulle takes the salute as French military march past.

    Note: Date on original record: 30/05/1966.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:42:00 / 01:29:30:00
    UN 4142 D

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