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Title:MEMORIAL CEREMONY IN ARRAS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 13A/2
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: March 1940 or 9/5/1940. Children and women carry flowers. Shots of Czech and French troops. Shots of a patrol among the trees.
Colours are presented to a Polish regiment at La Targette, to commemorate Polish volunteers who died at the Second Battle of Artois in 1915.
April 1940. General and Mrs Carpenter of the Salvation Army lay a wreath at the Vimy Memorial. Ceremony shown in 13A I: troops and civilians marching, a band plays. Flags are carried, including a Czech flag at half mast. Men, women and children walk along.
Description: Civilians and French, Polish, Czech and British soldiers standing at the memorial to Polish soldiers at La Targette. Girls wearing traditional Polish costume. One banner reads 'Sallaumines'. Women holding flowers. An elderly man wearing a French uniform and cap holding a banner. Czech officer standing by memorial. Close up of a large wreath. A group of Polish Boy Scouts (Harcerz). Girls in traditional Polish dress in a procession. Soldiers lay wreaths on the Polish memorial. Soldiers in the square at Arras. View of various buildings, shops and cafes in the square including the Café de la Petite Place.
April 1940. A British general with civilians (possibly MPs) at the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy. A wreath is laid on the steps.