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    Some good invasion scenes footage in the Arnhem area. Belgium (?)

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

    Invasion scenes. Europe, possibly Belgium

    Several shots of senior looking British military figure talking with soldier. Shots of landing craft on beach head. Various more shots of the senior looking soldier. He climbs into jeep with two other soldier. Group shots of soldiers looking at maps of France. More shots landing craft and other military vehicles on the beach. Numerous shots of beachhead activity. M/S of badly damaged church. M/Ss of burning building in small town. Tank speeding through town. L/Ss of soldier walking through the ruins of the town. Soldier climbing aboard landing craft. Various similar shots. Soldier washing arm. Tanks moving along road and going under ruined bridge. L/S of destroyed bridge over river.

    M/Ss of German soldier stumbling along track under armed guard. More shots of tanks and landing craft. Shots of destroyed town and bridge. Similar shots. L/Ss of soldier running between burning debris in streets. More shots of German prisoners. Similar shots. Numerous shots of burning buildings military vehicles move past, tanks etc. Some good shots of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery sitting down and looking at map with General Bradley. Shot of British soldiers marching under bridge. M/Ss of numerous tanks. A sign says that Arnhem is 5 kilometres away. M/S of large traced transporter vehicle. Numerous other vehicles with soldiers in. L/Ss of ruined bridge. L/Ss of smoking ruins of buildings in distance. M/Ss of German prisoners of war walking with hands on head. Several similar shots. Group shot of soldiers drinking tea.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:00:00 / 01:14:36:00
    UN 1026 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    This footage is from the area of Westervoort and Arnhem in Holland (not Belgium).
    The Canadian general is General HDG Crerar, commander of the 1st Canadian Army. The British general is Major-General SB Rawlings, commander of the 49th British Infantry Division (The Bolar Bear Division).
    The film is made on 12 April 1945, Operation Cannonshot, when the 49th InfDiv enters Buffalo LVT's (Landing Vehicle Tracked) at Westervoort and crosses the river IJssel towards Arnhem. Furthermore the second Battle of Arnhem, as the Polar Bear Divisions liberates the (uninhabited) town of Arnhem between 12 and 15 April 1945.


    Gerard Gijsbertsen

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  2. Unknown user says

    At least two separate cameramen are responsible for the footage. A slate at 06:14 gives the name "Seaholme", (possibly Sgt G Seaholme),whilst a second slate at 10:29 records the cameraman as being "McDougall", (likely to be Colin McDougall of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit).

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