• Short Summary

    A look at the damage to Dover and its residents, and allies preparing to bomb Calais.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Hellfire Corner filmed by Pathe Gazette cameraman Pat Gay.

    Dover, Kent and Calais, France.

    L/S shot of part of cliff at Dover and a ship in the background. M/S as the camera pans down the cliff to people running into air raid shelter. They run from German cross-Channel guns. M/S sign in street which reads 'Police notice shelling warning in operation'. Various shots of bomb damage. Various shots of what is left of the shelled railway station. Various shots of damage around Dover, wrecked houses and streets with craters.

    Air Raid wardens dig through rubble for people who may be trapped. C/U of a dead man covered up in the road. M/S as two old people are taken away by ambulance. M/S of an ambulance evacuating patients from Dover hospital. Various shots as man rides his bicycle through the streets of Dover. M/S of a wounded girl being loaded into an ambulance whilst people stand around. Various shots as homes start to be repaired. Aerial shots of bombers over Calais area, their target being the coastal gun batteries, various good shots of explosions.

    Various shots of German soldiers who have been captured by the Canadians. They include 7' 3" Jacob Nacken, tallest man in the German army who is part of one of the gun crews at Calais. Various shots of the wrecked German long range guns. Various shots of civilians being evacuated from Calais by the Canadians prior to the big allied bombardment of the town, after mercy truce is declared. Red Cross van drives through.

    Cataloguer's note: the story starts at 01:46:25 after the Pathe titles.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:15:00 / 01:50:54:00

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