• Short Summary

    British soldiers at rest camp in Normandy take a break from the war.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Time off from war".

    Normandy, France.

    Various shots of British soldiers (the Desert Rats) arriving at rest camp run by Second Army Corps. They alight from truck and are given cigarettes and letter cards. Various shots of the troops lining up for food, eating in mess tent and then washing out their mess tins.

    We see the soldiers relaxing on few days leave. Various shots of some of the soldiers out horse riding on ponies captured from Germans. Some others go out on small dinghies and fishing boats loaned by local fishermen. Some of the men even catch a few fish.

    Various shots of local French women doing the laundry for the troops. M/S of group of troops getting haircut from French hairdresser. M/S of soldier hands letter into the field censor who makes small alteration.

    C/U of makeshift sign for "The Wheatsheaf". C/U of soldiers drinking beer from bottles. Various shots of an open-air stage, a couple of comics entertain some of the troops.

    Various shots of soldiers getting back onto trucks to go back to the war. One soldier "Shorty" is late and has to run, his mates haul him up into the truck as it starts to drove away.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:30:00 / 01:41:45:00

Comments (1)

  1. TubbyBinns says

    There is a variety of units in this footage many if whom appear to be from the 49th Division (Polar Bears)...

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