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Title:ELEMENTS OF THE 1ST AIRBORNE DIVISION GET READY FOR OPERATION 'MARKET' ON AN RAF AIRFIELD IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 160-1
Summary: Personalities who will figure with varying degrees of prominence in the story of the 1st Airborne Division's fight to the death in Arnhem and Oosterbeek are seen in this film just before their departure from Fairford, Gloucestershire, for the landing zones in southern Holland.
Description: Troops serving with the 1st Airlanding Brigade are briefed for Operation 'Market' with aerial recce photo maps of their landing zone west of Arnhem on Renkum Heath. The Divisional commander, Major-General Urquhart is seen talking to Major Oliver (?), an Army Public Relations Officer, and two war correspondents, Alan Wood of the 'Daily Express' and Stanley Maxted of the BBC. Standing in the group is an RAF censors officer, Flight Lieutenant Williams (?), and 1st Airborne Division's chief medical officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Warrack (standing behind Urquhart, etc.). Lined up behind them on Fairford airfield are the Horsa gliders that will carry these men and the troops of the 1st Airlanding Brigade into battle together with their No 38 Group (RAF) Short Stirling tugs.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walker (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Wood, Alan (person)
Maxted, Stanley (person)
Urquhart, Robert Elliott 'Roy' (person)
Warrack (Lieutenant-Colonel) (person)
Royal Air Force (regiment/service)
British Broadcasting Corporation (regiment/service)
British Army, Glider Pilot Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Airborne, 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: aircraft, British - glider: Airspeed Horsa (object name)
aircraft, British - combat: Short Stirling (object name)
intelligence, military, Allied - briefing (object name)
operations, British military - preparation (object name)
journalism and record, British - press (object name)
journalism and record, British - radio (object name)
Operation Market 1944, Operation Market Garden 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Fairford, Gloucestershire, England, UK (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 160-5 and 6, 166-2, 168-1 and 2, and 169-5 and 6 and refer to footage relating to Operation "Gordon". Attached to the 1st Airborne Division was a ten-man press team which included the personalities seen here. It seems likely that these men survived Arnhem as Urquhart did. Lieutenant-Colonel Warrack was captured but escaped to reach British lines after spending several months in hiding.
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'A Bridge Too Far' by Cornelius Ryan (in particular the footnote on page 484), 'Arnhem September 1944' published by Gemeentearchief Arnhem in 1969, 'Arnhem : A Case Study' by Maurice Tugwell and 'British Airborne Troops' by Barry Gregory.