• Short Summary

    Allied Forces, with help from Italian partisans, liberate city of Florence.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Fall of Florence".

    Allied forces en route to Florence, Italy.

    Various shots of Bren gun carriers, Sherman tanks and British infantry advancing along dusty roads. Various L/Ss of rooftops of Florence with Germans still in occupation, smoke rises from some areas.

    L/S of the Ponte Vecchio, the only remaining bridge that the Germans did not destroy in their retreat. Various shots of Sherman tanks moving through part of the city. Troops are from New Zealand, South Africa and Britain. M/S of infantry patrolling streets with guns ready, they are flushing out last of enemy.

    Various shots Commandoes of an Engineering Unit battering down door of building used as a Gestapo H.Q. They shoot the lock off with a gun. On entering they find all the S.S. staff have evacuated but they use the windows for gun positions to fire at enemy snipers. Various shots of Italian partisans in street firing at last operational German machine gun post.

    Various shots of allied troops being warmly greeted by the civilians of Florence. Young boys take interest in the military vehicles while the young women take interest in the soldiers! C/U of sign reading "The People of Florence welcome the liberating Armies of the United Nations".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1364.25
    Media URN:
    44761
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1944
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:53:03:00 / 01:55:24:00
    Canister:
    44/66

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