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    Shots of devastation after earthquake in Greece.

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    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear or unknown.

    Earthquake in Greece.

    Several shots of ruins. Priest unveils surviving statue of Mary from ruined church. Ruined walls are pulled down. Troops arrive on trucks. Aeroplane flies overhead. More ruins and devastation. Refugee camps. Americans unload supplies. People are attended to by medicals. Shots of ships in harbour.

    Two men look at maps beside helicopter. Helicopter takes off. View of coastline as we fly over. View of the Cephalonia Island from helicopter. Cliffs fallen into sea. Small villages in ruins. Flying over Argostoli and over French boat 'Montcalm'. Helicopter gliding into the air in the country. Shots of the ruins of Cephalonia. American, English and Greek boats bringing relief. More ruins of Cephalonia. People rescuing what they can from the ruined houses.

    In Argostoli, completely destroyed, refugees camping. A house has been blown onto another house. French marines of the 'Montcalm' bring aid to the refugees. The French Consul of Athens, accompanied by Colonel Roy, his attache militaire, brings aid. Distribution of sweets to children. Stocks of victuals and goods in the harbour. Desolated and obstructed streets.

    In Zante - town completely destroyed with the exception of a church which remained intact. The earthquake took place at 11 am and fire completed the destruction. People rescuing whatever they can. Cranes in action - bulldozer cleaning streets. Camping of refugees. Child sleeping in the arms of his father. Helicopter watching for possibility of outbursts of fire. English marines in the ruins. Church tower heavily damaged. Shot of street with intact church where the remains of St Dionysius are conserved. A praying priest. People kneeling and praying, turned towards the church.

    Arrival at Argostoli. Landing of food by English and Americans. People looking in the ruins for objects of value. 'Montcalm' loading Greek boat with food. Various campings of refugees. Mission of doctors - old woman cared for. Men and women eating bread. At Luxurry French marines with refugees waiting for distribution of gifts. More shots of Luxurry showing cracked and demolished dikes. Cars loaded with refugees passing among the ruins. Harbour of Zante.

    Note: condensed record - shots may not be in correct order but is very difficult to distinguish what is correct order! Time restrictions mean I have to leave it as it is - sorry for any inconvenience.

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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:
    01:45:55:00 / 01:52:49:00
    UN 2547 A

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    I was one of group Royal marines put ashore on the island of Zante the day after the 1953 earthquake to assist the population,
    We were the first foreign nationals on the island and were put ashore from the British cruiser HMS Gambia.
    When we arrived in the bay early on the day after the quake, there was a Greek freighter already in the bay but he had not taken any action and I believe our captain went so far as to order the freighters captain to assist in any way he could.
    We were there for three days and with the ships stores completely used up Gambia was relieved by her sister ship HMS Bermuda
    On our second day there an American ship arrived and landed a group of us marines and sailors onto the jetty, but at no time did I witness any of them go inland
    I have been invited back to Zante after 60years to commemorate the anniversary this August Alan

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