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    British and Canadian soldiers make their way through ruined towns in France.

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    Unused / unissued material - date and locations unclear or unknown.

    Bretteville-l'Orgueilleuse, June 14-23. Regina Rifles & Queen's Own Rifles.

    L/Ss of church steeple crumbling and falling to the ground behind some trees in a countryside setting. Tank moves along country road. British soldier clears rubble from around tank. Soldiers walk along country road. Shots of a ruined church - could be the steeple we saw tumbling to ground. Someone holds a sheet of old postcards of the church; pan across to show remains of church and steeple.

    Shots of a town seemingly untouched by the war. Statue of a man holding a wreath to which have been attached flags of Britain (Union Jack), France (tricolour) and American (Stars and Stripes).

    L/S of a statue of Christ on the cross, with ruined steps beneath. Canadian (?) soldiers walk past and then sit on the steps. Others sit on the ground near camouflage webbing - seem to be receiving instructions for further fighting.

    Soldier looks through hole in ruined building. Another soldier comes out of ruins and hands him a piece of paper. They have a cigarette.

    L/Ss as soldiers climb over rubble and ruins in a town.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:20:12:00 / 01:24:22:00
    UN 846 D

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says

    The footage was all shot by a cameraman named as "Gray". At least some, if not all, his material was captured on 14 June 1944.

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  2. B.Moogk says

    All soldiers are Canadian. "Gray" is for Sergeant Alan Grayston of the Canadian Film and Photo Unit. He seems to have lost his slate shortly after D-Day. This reel is a duplicate of the negative made at Merton Park Studios and distributed by the Ministry of Information to newsreel companies.

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  3. Mithridates says

    Yes all the soldiers should be Canadian. The scenes appear to be from the operating area of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade just after June 6th. I found a still photo of the scenes of the soldiers sitting below the cross labelled as being troops from the Canadian Scottish Regt. The next scene with the sign Ops Rm, is undoubtedly the HQ of the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade because the sitting cross legged figure is Brigadier Harry Foster. The soldiers in the tams would be officers from the Canadian Scottish and rest officers from the other units in the brigade - Royal Winnipeg Riffles and the Queens Own Rifles.

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  4. Mithridates says

    Also the scene of the cross is located outside of Putot en Bessin. This is a village to the east of Caen next to the railway and the scene of heavy fighting between the Canadians and the 12th SS Div on the 7th and 8th of June.

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