• Short Summary

    Free French troops being trained in England in 1941

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations unclear or unknown.

    England (French Voiceover).

    Crossed French and British flags with superimposed title "COMPAGNONS D'ARMES". French troops march along the road. Long line of lorries filled with military equipment on the road. A blackboard with some humorous messages for Hitler. One reads "RAM HITLER! HERE WE COME!" French troops at train station - masses of them. Several shots of the cars being loaded onboard ship. Follow succession of shots of the troops boarding the ship. Troopship filled with men leaves harbour.

    Troops leaving ship at English port. They receive warm welcome from British troops and civilians. Uniforms being delivered to soldiers. Various shots of the French troops in a camp - they are seen marching, socialising, queuing for food, etc. Several shots of French and British high ranking officers as they walk across muddy field talking. Various shots of the troops marching along the road. Armoured cars, lorries and motorcycles follow. Various shots of the troops on training field. Shots of the troops crawling, armoured cars advancing across the training field, men and equipment is camouflaged with grass and branches. A great shot of a man lying in root vegetable field (probably turnip) - one can hardly see him. Artillery troops on training. Several shots of soldiers having a bath in barrels.

    Several shots of the planes in flight. Various shots of the troops building an airfield. Several shots of a plane taking off and landing at the newly built airfield. More planes taking off. Several shots of the troops playing soccer and socialising with local people. Various shots of Sir Kingsley Wood, Chancellor of the Exchequer, visiting a new airfield and inspecting the troops.

    Note: Paperwork states that these are Free French Troops on training in England. Also, picture neg. is in UN 196 A and B/W print in UN 197 A.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:00:00 / 01:41:15:00
    UN 195 A

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