Statue unveiled to honour Major Jean Baptiste Marchand & troops march past.
Porte Doree, Paris, France.
Major Jean Baptiste Marchand honoured (Leader of the French mission to Fashoda 51 years ago). The honour of unveiling the statue at the Porte Doree fell to Emile Landeroin 84 last surviving companion of Major Marchand on his famous trek across the African bush ? from the French Congo to Fashoda in his successful attempt to reach the Upper Nile before the anglo-egyptian forces under the Sidar, General Sir Herbert Kitchener. The British survivor was Admiral Sir Walter Henry Cowan 79 who as a lieutenant of the Royal navy commended one of the units of the gunboat flotilla that established the first hostile contact with the French mission.
MS. The Statue. MS. Coloured French colonial troops standing beside it. MS. President Vincent Auriol watching as the statue is unveiled. MS. Back view Auriol, laying wreath at foot of statue. MS. Auriol walks away pan over the inscription on statue. MS. Auriol standing to attention before statue. MS. Ministers standing to attention. Paul Ramadier and Edouard Herriot (President of the National Assembly) can be seen. MS. Admiral Sir Walter Henry Cowan - a British survivor of the Fashoda incident - laying a French fanion at foot of statue. MS. Auriol shaking hands with Cowan. Cowan salutes. MS. French army officers watching. CU. The statue. CU. The Fanion at the foot. MS. The statue showing background figures. MS. French military band passing. LS. Procession Auriol and others in silhouette in foreground (2 shots) MS. Auriol and others watching march past. LS. MS. Troops marching past. (4 shots) MS. Pres. Auriol shaking hands with woman. CU. Head and shoulders of Ad. Cowan. MS. Admiral Cowan laying the fanion. (Mute. F.G.)