• Short Summary

    Large numbers of aeroplanes and gliders with D-day markings take off for Holland.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Greatest sky armada in history.

    Holland.

    Various shots of aeroplanes all marked with D-day signs standing in an airfield. A motorcycle and jeep drive up a ramp into the planes. Various shots of the paratroops as they prepare on the ground.

    The aeroplanes taxi and take off for Holland, planes include Halifaxes, Stirlings and Albermarles, as well as Horsa gliders and Wacos. Air to air of the planes getting airborne and flying in formation out across the Channel. Ground to air formation of Dakotas passing over Belgian town, people look up at the aircraft. M/S Dakota plane that has crashed into a panzer tank burning in a field.

    Aerial shot of the gliders casting free and heading to ground, they land. Various shots of paratroops parachuting to the ground in Holland. Various shots of planes in the fields.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1125.12
    Media URN:
    39181
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1944
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:31:00 / 01:29:54:00
    Canister:
    44/77

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    It looks like what we are seeing here are the early stages of "Operation Market Garden", which began on 17 September 1944.

    "Albemarles referred to are Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle transport aircraft.

    "Wacos" referred to are Waco CG-4A gliders.

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