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Title:THE ENTRY OF BRITISH AND BELGIAN TROOPS INTO BRUSSELS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 150-5
Summary: The people of Brussels continue to celebrate the freeing of their city by the British 2nd Army and the end of four years' German Occupation.
Description: Set on fire by the Germans in order to destroy incriminating documents, the Palais de Justice burns while volunteers help salvage books and papers from the building. The commander of the Guards Armoured Division, Major-General Adair, appears before the citizens of Brussels as he and the other members of his division's HQ troop make their way in Humber and Daimler scout cars and in Cromwell tanks to the Royal Palace Gardens. A German aircraft makes a brief appearance over the city and sends the crowds running for shelter against a possible aerial attack. British army drivers' attempts to make their way through the reformed crowds are confounded; the latter, careless of the rules of the road, join in singing the Belgian National Anthem.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Adair, Allan Henry Shafto (person)
British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Armoured Division (regiment/service)
Belgian Army, White Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler scout car (object name)
armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
Liberation (object name)
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 145-5, 8 and 9, 146-3, 147-1 to 6, 150-1 to 4, 6 to 9, 11 and 12 for footage showing Guards Armoured Division's advance from the Seine to Brussels.
Remarks: Good Footage. Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: For a bibliography, refer to the first three items listed in A70 145-5.