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Summary: The war in Europe July 1943-June 1944, concentrating on the land operations of the Western Allies, but with material on the other fronts.
Description: (Reel 1) The conquest of Sicily and the campaign in Italy until advance checked by rain and mountains; a long sequence of summer and winter fighting on the Russian front; brief mention of Tito in Yugoslavia; the changing balance in the Battle of the Atlantic. (Reel 2) The Northern convoys to Russia; sinking of the Scharnhorst; the Teheran conference and shots of Western and Russian commanders; lengthy coverage of the air war, including Allied bombing offensive (with material of US bombers refuelling in Russia): attacks on German shipping and radar; the German 'fire blitz' on London; the sinking of the Tirpitz; the defences of Great Britain as (Reel 3) preparation for D-Day gets under way - shots of equipment, including Mulberry, PLUTO and FIDO - troops on exercise. More material on Russian and Italian fronts (Monte Cassino to Rome); shots of invasion force setting off for D-Day.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Perrin, Raymond (Production individual)
Morgan, Guy (Production individual)
Harris, Robert (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: 3
Footage: 2888 ft; Running time: 30 mins
Notes: Remarks: 1. Little actual battle material on Western Allies. 2. Curiously old-fashioned use of silent titles, and a very disjointed commentary, presumably both attributable to the production of this film for distribution in 16 languages, "for the liberated peoples of Europe".