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Title:THE 60-HOUR TRUCE IN WHICH DUNKIRK'S CIVILIAN POPULATION IS EVACUATED COMES TO AN END [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 174-3
Description: Filming from an artillery OP, the cameraman observes the besieged port of Dunkirk lying five miles away beyond flooded fields and copses, a defensive measure effected by the German garrison. An artillery observer keeps watch from a granary in use as an OP. Some of the 18,500 refugees who left Dunkirk on the last day of the truce are seen trudging up the road leading into Grande Mille Brugghe with those personal possessions they have been able to take with them. Some are happy enough at the sight of British soldiers from the 7th Battalion the Black Watch to give 'V for Victory' signs. Once the 60-hour long truce has been concluded, hostilities resume with an artillery shoot on Dunkirk; air-burst appear over the beleaguered port. 3.7 inch AA guns (?) belonging to an AA brigade attached to 154th Brigade join in the bombardment.
Notes: Summary: See with A70 173-5, 6 and 7 and 174-4 for footage showing the evacuation of civilians from Dunkirk and the recommencing of hostilities between the besieging British and the beleaguered Germans. 154th Brigade handed the responsibility of keeping watch over Dunkirk's 15,000 strong German garrison to the 1st Czech Independent Armoured Brigade on October 8th.
Remarks: Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 174-4.
Documentation/associated material: see A70 173-5 for a book-list. Refer also to the Canadian Army official history of the North West Europe campaign - 'The Victory Campaign' - by Colonel Stacey.