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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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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:12:00 / 01:24:22:00
    UN 846 D
    Sort Number:
    UN 0846 C
  • Appears in...

    War & Revolution
    Canada in WW2 Don 01 Rural France Canada in WW2
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jamied 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.

  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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