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Summary: A Marine Commando unit in Normandy in the period following D-Day.
Description: The men travel to France by ship and landing craft on D+19 as reinforcements for the Commandos which participated in the invasion: film of the beachhead includes scenes of unloading supplies, and of naval salvage experts working on gale-wrecked shipping as commentary notes the hard work involved in 'Combined Operations.' The men move up, crossing 'Pegasus Bridge' and passing the gliders of airborne troops, to the Marine position (on the coastal left of British lines): pictures of a routine patrol, camp life, German graves, a football match, supper, PT. Reel 2 follows an operation against a German strongpoint: a patrol to capture German prisoners for interrogation moves through a deserted village; its final attack is given 'artillery' support from a destroyer at sea, its fire directed from an OP in the Marine positions; the patrol brings back a prisoner. Closing sequence balances a 'score' of POWs against Marine graves, and links 'thoughts back to England' with 'hopes ahead into free France and free Europe.'
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Crown Film Unit (Production company)
Lee, Jack (Production individual)
Holmes, J B (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, Royal Marines (regiment/service)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: Spanish
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1191 ft; Running time: 13 mins
Notes: Remarks: rather let down by the extremely abrupt ending - until then quite a good picture of war at a small-unit level.