A big operation as French soldiers pack up their equipment and prepare to evacuate the Ruhr.
Item title reads - French evacuate the Ruhr. Closing scenes of the 2 1/2 years occupation of Essen & Duisberg. Germany.
M/S of a war memorial. L/S of people stood around it, the camera pans across to the memorial. Various shots of a man stood in front of it making a speech. L/S of people sat listening, a soldier brings a large cross made from flowers which the man places on the memorial. The audience stand up and soldiers stand in front of the memorial. L/S of soldiers walking through the streets carrying their flag and guns, others ride past saluting. Various shots as troops march past and cars drive through.
M/S of a man and woman stood together watching. M/S profile of other military men. Troops walk through again and a band plays at the side. Various shots of gun carriages pulled by horses, soldiers wheel bicycles through. Various shots of soldiers in front of a big building, the camera pans across the people. Various shots of soldiers marching and equipment being carried along on carts.
M/S as the French flag is lowered, officers ride through gates followed by gun carriages. Various shots as equipment, men and supplies pack up and leave. M/S of two soldiers holding a little dog, it is wearing a soldier's cloth cap, they wave its paws at the camera. M/S of another boy holding three puppies. M/S as soldiers wave from the train, one combs another's hair. L/S as the train pulls out of the station and everyone waves. M/S of soldiers holding flags, various shots as they march through the town and climb into trucks ready to depart, M/S of them moving off in convoy down the street. M/S of trains leaving again carrying men and equipment. People cheer and wave as a bus drives through the street. M/S of military band playing and others lined up outside the big building, which is possibly parliament.
Note: part of this item appears to be cuts. The first part of this item appears to be cuts from 'Ireland Remembers' in G 1217 on *PM0418*.