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  • Short Summary

    British and American soldiers arriving in Normandy - some excellent shots.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material.

    Allied forces invasion of occupied Europe - Normandy, France.

    Item contains some exceptionally good shots.

    Various shots Spitfire fighter planes taking off from airfield. Various shots British troops walking off landing barge, through sea and onto beach. Soldiers also seen unloading equipment from barges. L/S houses in ruins. C/U soldier cleaning his gun. Various shots British soldiers marching through town, they pass civilians and road sign to Caen and Paris. C/U scruffy kids looking through window.

    Various C/Us American soldiers playing dice for dollars. M/S British soldiers walking past huge crucifix. M/S soldier standing on wing of Spitfire as propeller spins. American troops in town square - some walk past camera. GIs walking past old civilian men and boy in street.

    M/S British soldier shovelling sand onto truck - someone has scrawled words "don't wave girls - we're British" on side. Various shots British soldiers in amphibious army vehicle driving up beach. M/S British soldiers getting water from well to wash clothes and shave. C/U British soldier shaving. Various shots crates being unloaded from ship and onto amphibious army vehicle. C/U British soldier slicing bread. Various C/Us British soldier sleeping on beach. M/S British soldier putting on white bibs - they look confused. M/S soldiers / German prisoners of war digging on beach. M/S British soldiers in trench; one soldiers signals with lamp, another is operating radio.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2131.11
    Media URN:
    63469
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:32:00 / 01:43:56:00
    Canister:
    UN 1100 C

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    A slate at 01:12 reveals that all the footage thereafter was shot by Dick Hoar of the Special Coverage Unit (SPECOU).

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