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Summary: An edition of the British official newsreel "War Pictorial News", produced by the Ministry of Information, Middle East.
Description: I. 'WESTERN FRONT.' Operational footage shows Royal Air Force (RAF) Coastal Command Bristol Beaufighter aircraft attacking German shipping with cannon fire and 60-lb rocket projectiles. Aerial footage shows a Bristol Beaufighter firing a pair of 60-lb rockets. A Coastal Command Bristol Beaufighter (Mk VIC ?) flies low over the sea carrying a torpedo. Bombs drop and impact on the German U-boat base at Brest. United States (US) corpsmen and German Army medical orderlies attend to German wounded after the capture of Brest by the US VII Corps. Footage taken after its capture by Allied forces shows damaged submarine pens and the penetration holes in the pen's reinforced concrete roof made by Bomber Command's 12,000-lb bombs. Camera Gun Footage shows Allied aircraft interdicting German rolling stock and a German Junkers Ju 88 aircraft losing its wing from cannon strikes during low-level combat.
II. 'AIRGRAPHS.' Women workers transfer letters to 16mm film to ease problems of space during transportation by aircraft. Letters, written on special Airgraph forms are fed into a Recordak machine for transfer to film. Women workers check 16mm film. A pile of letters are placed next to a reel of 16mm film to contrast the saving in space afforded by use of the Airgraph method.
III. 'GREECE.' Allied paratroops (Greek ?) armed with German 9mm MP40 sub-machine guns and United States (US) M1 .30-inch carbines climb into a Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft at an unidentified Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield. HMS Terpsichore is shown in Aegean coastal waters. Civilians on the Greek Island of Kithera watch British troops land. Pro-British slogans painted on walls read "Hurrah RAF" and "Hurrah Our Great Allies". An RAF Regiment officer receives a garland of flowers from a grateful woman islander. RAF Regiment troops unload supply crates and barrels from a beached landing craft. Women and children help in the construction of an RAF airfield. RAF C-47 Dakota transport aircraft land and taxi to a halt (one aircraft has a Pegasus emblem on its nose). British soft-skinned vehicles drive past cheering civilian crowds on Patras. The Mayor of Patras, Vasilio Roufos, is cheered by a civilian crowd. The Greek national flag is hoisted.
Production Details: Ministry of Information, Middle East (Production sponsor)
War Pictorial News (Production company)
Martin, Charles (Production individual)
Keating, Rex1910-02-142005-01British newsreel commentator, WW2 period (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Patras, Mayor of (person)
Roufos, Vasilio (person)
Royal Navy, Terpsichore (regiment/service)
Keywords: celebrations, Greek - liberation (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: Terpischore (object name)
combat, British - air strike anti-ship (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
prisoners of war, German - custody (object name)
buildings, German - military: submarine pens (object name)
Second World War, Greece & Kithera, British landing on & 15/9/1944 = 16/9/1944 (event)
Second World War, Greece & Patras, Liberation of & 5/10/1944 (event)
Brest, Finistère, France (geography)
Greece & Kithera Island (geography)
Greece & Patras (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: Arabic
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 907 ft; Running time: 10 mins