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Title:CEREMONY AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR IN PARIS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-4
Summary: Sergeant Collins of the British AFPU team in Paris and an unknown US Army Officer place floral tributes on the grave of the Unknown Warrior at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, watched over by a Colour party and a Guard of Honour from the 2nd French Armoured Division.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Rudkin (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Collins (Sergeant) (person)
Free French Forces, Div, Armoured, French, 2 (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
Keywords: buildings, French - monumental: tomb of the Unknown Warrior (object name)
ceremonies, French - event-related: wreath-laying (object name)
Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 136-1, 2, 3, 5, 137-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, and 140-9 for footage taken during the liberation of Paris. This material was probably intended for inclusion in a feature documentary on the N-W European campaign which was made under Roy Boulting's auspices. 'The True Glory', an Anglo-American production, filled this gap when Boulting's work did not materialise.
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above. Of interest in that a member of the AFPU - Sergeant Max Collins - is featured in this short piece of film.
Documentation/associated material: for a journalistic account of the liberation of Paris, including the dissension that split the Paris FFI, the German garrison commander's dilemma, and the reluctance of the US armies commanders to take on the burden of liberating and supplying Paris, read 'Is Paris Burning?' by Lapierre and Collins and see 'Journal de la Resistance' for film shot by the FFI before the Allies entered Paris.