• Short Summary

    20,000 German soldiers under command of Major-General Elser surrender at Orleans. France.

  • Description

    Item title reads - The mighty fallen.

    Orleans, France.

    Strange march past of 20,000 German soldiers, some on foot, some in horse-drawn carts and others riding bicycles. They are under the command of Major-General Elser who takes the salute. These men have all surrendered to the Americans in the Orleans area. Various shots of the ceremony at which Elser surrenders and hands over his revolver to an American officer. The American officer replies with the official acceptance of the surrender. M/S as Elser shakes hands with his men. Various shots as the prisoners are herded onto trucks and driven away. When they arrive at the prisoner of war camp they have their weapons taken away from them. Aerial view of prisoners in compound.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1125.11
    Media URN:
    39180
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1944
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:24:00 / 01:26:31:00
    Canister:
    44/77

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    Despite the commentator's pronunciation of the name, "Major-General Elser" in the text and tags should read Erich Elster.

    The American Officer saluting at 00:46 is Lt Col Jules K French.

    "hands over his revolver to an American officer" - the American Officer is Major General Robert C Macon.

    First-hand, and highly detailed, accounts of this unusual surrender can be found here.....

    http://www.indianamilitary.org/83RD/Surrender/Magill.htm

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