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Title:FROM PARIS TO THE RHINE : a newsreel history [Main Title]
Film Number:COI 277
Summary: The course of the war in the last months of 1944.
Description: (Reels 1/2) Outline of the situation after the capture of Paris; British advance into Belgium; 3rd US Army advance to Moselle; the supply problem (PLUTO); 1st US Army advance to Aachen; the 'Anvil' landings in South France and advance; the airborne assaults at Graves, Nijmegen and Arnhem; 1st Canadian Army clearing channel ports and Scheldt estuary. (Reels 3/4) Continuing advance on British and American Fronts; French push into Alsace marks Frances to full Allied status (Churchill visits Paris, de Gaulle visits Moscow); in East Europe, Russians advance into Poland and discover Maidanek concentration camp; the Warsaw uprising; advance in Italy; the war in the Balkans (with sequences of Britain, Greek civil war and Tito); (Reels 5/6) The war in Hungary, and Scandinavia (staged 'Resistance' sequence); German preparations for invasion (fortifications and Volkssturm) German Ardennes offensive and its defeat (FIDO); the Yalta Conference.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Perrin, Raymond (Production individual)
Loewe, Raymond (Production individual)
Wills, Colin (Production cast)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 6
Footage: 5156 ft; Running time: 55 mins
Notes: Summary: commentary of this "newsreel history" wrongly states in Reel 1 that British armour crossed the River Seine at Mantes (in the American sector of operations); the crossing was actually made at Vernon.
Remarks: one of the series "made in 16 languages for the liberated peoples of Europe." Notably cautious handling of the Warsaw uprising and Greek civil war!