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    Czech leader Dr. Eduard Benes arrives in London.

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

    London, England.

    Various shots of the Czechoslovak leader Dr. Eduard Benes inspecting troops, taking salute at march past of detachment of Polish (according to paperwork) troops in London, being cheered by the people etc.

    Dr. Benes forms exiled Czechoslovak government in London and it is possible that the troops Dr. Benes is inspecting are not Polish but Czechoslovak.


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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:37:00 / 01:32:24:00
    UN 212 H

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  1. Unknown user says

    Your ID 618.13: Dr Benes in London. The actual location of these shots is the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in rural Cheshire (not London) The date 26 July 1940 when Dr Beneš as President-in-Exile was reviewing the Czechoslovak Independent Brigade (not Polish troops) in their temporary tented home. The soldiers, and some airmen, had arrived in the UK after the fall of France. The opening frames show Beneš greeting officers outside Beeston Lodge (on the A 49), the entrance to the castle grounds. The little girl presenting flowers can be seen on postcards commemorating the event inscribed THE CZECHOSLOVAK ARMY IN ENGLAND 1940. The 'Colours' shown at 0.14 show a part inscription ..AVDA VI.... which can only be PRAVDA V?TÉZ? = the Czech motto = 'Truth Prevails". Similar still photos can be found in the Imperial War Museum photo archive at reference H 2551 - H 2562. Hope this helps!
    Richard Beith

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