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Title:BAYEUX CELEBRATES ITS LIBERATION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 39-1
Summary: General de Gaulle's Provisional Government asserts its presence in those parts of Normandy liberated by the British, Canadian and American armies.
Description: Speaking on behalf of the French National Committee of Liberation, a Free French radio correspondent, Lieutenant Maurice Schumann, delivers a rousing speech to a crowd of several hundred people gathered in a park in the centre of Bayeux. Beside him on the flag-bedecked podium are several Allied officers and NCOs, including the British Chief of Civil Affairs for Bayeux, who are presented with bouquets of flowers by two little girls whose parents have been deported by the Germans. At the end of the speech, the crowd bellows out the Marseillaise and gives V for Victory sign.
Notes: Summary: Bayeux was liberated on June 7th 1944 by elements of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division advancing inland from 'Gold' Beach. See with footage showing General de Gaulle's visit to the Normandy beachhead in A70 45-1 to 5 and 46-11. Maurice Schumann later became de Gaulle's information minister.
Remarks: best seen with the items of footage listed above, notably A70 45-1 to 3 and 46-11 featuring de Gaulle's speech- making before the people of Bayeux.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 45-1.