• Short Summary

    Item shows troops, aeroplanes and ships preparing and crossing Channel for D-Day invasion.

  • Description

    Title reads: "The Day!".

    C/U of the communiqué from General Dwight Eisenhower on 6th June 1944 telling of the allied landings in France (D-Day). Flashback: various shots of evacuation of the BEF (British Expeditionary Forces) and Allied Troops at Dunkirk in 1940.

    Various aerial shots showing D-Day medium bombers dropping bombs on coastal emplacements. Various M/Ss of U.S. troops marching along road (in England) and then boarding landing craft bound for France. We see Winston Churchill making last visit to invasion fleet. Various shots of British and American troops boarding landing craft with their supplies. The smaller craft head out for larger troopships that are anchored off coast. Good view of ships, each has a barrage balloon attached to it. We see the ships crossing the Channel.

    Speech by Eisenhower forms soundtrack for shots of troops boarding ships: "This is the opening phase of the Campaign. Great battles lie ahead. I call upon all who love freedom to stand by us. Together we shall achieve victory".

    Various shots of paratroops boarding Dakotas in the invasion build up. They wear camouflage makeup. Narrator explains they will land near town of Caen. C/U, side view, of Major General Brereton of 9th USAAF (United States Air Force) waving the aeroplanes off. Various shots of the Dakotas (BC.47s?) taking off at dusk, one by one.

    Aerial views showing the Channel Isles - Guernsey and Alderney. Aerial shots of the invasion fleet at sea.

    Various shots of people in streets of London crowding round to buy newspapers with headline telling of the invasion. Some stops their work to read about D-Day.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:58:00 / 01:07:55:00

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