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    Refugees travelling by trains and lorries, force labour camp liberated.

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    Various shots of large crowd of refugees being deloused outdoor by soldiers. The DDT powder is sprayed into their hair, inside their shirts and inside their trousers - looks quite dehumanising.

    Various shots of cars, lorries, civilians and army men around railway trucks and a building. Refugees unloading luggage from lorries. Various shots of the people, many women and children, being pushed at different directions - being organised. Close up shot of a tiny baby in pram. More close up shots of the children.

    Long shot of large crowd in front of a train at railway platform. Sign on platform reads 'Jmmendorf' - Germany? People getting into crowded train wagons, they chat and smile into camera. More shots of the people in and around train. A group of men singing with a man playing an instrument looking like balalaika.

    People with their belongings going in and out of train. Crowd on platform. Train leaving station, moving slowly along tracks. Most of wagons are full, people waving and cheering.

    Various shots of the refugees loading their belongings on lorries. Several shots of heavily loaded lorry with several people seated on top driving along road. Various panning shots of industrial area, factories, chimneys, lines of accommodation barracks etc.

    Various shots of the people and piles of luggage in front of barracks, barbed wire around and American flag flying from flag pole. This is probably one of many German forced labour camps liberated by Americans and people are waiting to go home. Dutch flag flying from one of the bundles. People standing, sitting, looking on. People loading their luggage into lorry.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:54:00 / 01:16:25:00
    UN 1180 E

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  1. jamied says

    "Sign on platform reads 'Jmmendorf' - Germany?" - yes, various slates during the clip identify this material as having been filmed in the Immendorf area of Cologne by a cameraman named Kiel of the 168th Signal Photo Company.

    The footage features the 83rd Infantry Division of the United States' Ninth Army.

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