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Title:FROM THE RHINE TO VICTORY : a newsreel history [Main Title]
Film Number:COI 246
Summary: The closing stages of the war against Germany.
Description: (Reels 1-2) Build-up of supplies in Russia by domestic production and by various routes from the West: Russian offensive of January 1945 into East Prussia and Poland; the Western Allies cross the Rhine (shows Montgomery's boat crossing, and Remagen bridge) (Reels 3-4) The continuing Western advance along the whole front; the freeing of POWs and the opening of concentration camps; the advance in Italy (including death of Mussolini); Russian advance in east Europe (Budapest, Prague, Vienna) and contact with English and Americans; the bombing of Berlin, and Russian assault on the city. (Reel 5) Capture of Berlin, various scenes of German soldiers surrendering (including the surrenders by General von Freidenberger - Rheims, Colonel Cosch - Norway and Major General Heine - British Channel Islands), wrecked or captured matériel, victory celebrations and return of exiled governments, the after-effects of war (ruins, displaced persons, food shortages etc); Potsdam Conference; closing sequence alternates shots of Nazi pageantry with ruins of German towns including the damaged German Chancery in Berlin. The film ends with and a shot of the blowing up of a German swastika on the top of the Zeppelin Grandstand at Zeppelin Field - the Nazi Party Rally Grounds at Nuremberg.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Paramount News (Production company)
Graham, A S (Production individual)
Loewe, Roland (Production individual)
Hastings, Lewis (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: society, Allied - history (object name)
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: 5
Footage: 4519 ft; Running time: 47 mins
Notes: Remarks: one of the series "made in 16 languages for the liberated peoples of Europe."
Additional details on reel 5 taken from detailed shot sheet.