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  • Short Summary

    Wounded German prisoners, destroyed enemy equipment and dead bodies, Allies advancing.

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

    Allied invasion of occupied Europe - closure of the Falaise Pocket.

    Captured German officer being driven off in jeep. Various shots wounded German prisoners being brought through British front line and put into trucks, a captured German medic appears to be attending to them. Various shots destroyed enemy artillery and vehicles. Various gruesome shots of dead soldiers lying on tank abandoned in road. Various shots corpses in street (not clear in civilian or military casualties). Shots of burnt out Tiger tank, soldier on horseback passes. Various shots American and British troops advancing through town reduced to rubble. More shots of burnt out military vehicles and equipment. More shots captured Germans being brought from front line.

    Note: Researcher indicates that featured in the film are the villages/towns of Gué de Moissy, St Lambert sur Dives and Chambois. There are also Polish troops from General Maczek's 1st Armoured Division, American troops of the 90th Infantry Division, and Canadian troops at St Lambert sur Dives.

    0-3 minutes : near gué de Moissy.
    At 3 min mark: destroyed Panther at St Lambert sur Dives on the road leading from Trun to Chambois.
    At 4 min mark: town of Chambois liberated by Polish (1st Armoured Division, identified with their black berets) and American troops.
    At 4 min 50 sec mark: images of Le couloir de la mort (death row). On the back we see the hills were Polish troops prevented German troops to exit the gap. It was called "Maczuga" ('the mace' in Polish). Le couloir de la mort was the space between the Dives River the German troops had to cross and Hill 262 (Maczuga) ; between the towns of Chambois and St Lambert sur Dives. The fight in the gap came at the end of the Normandy campaign.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:07:46:00
    UN 1119 B

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