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Title:THE FOUR-YEAR LONG GERMAN OCCUPATION OF PARIS COMES TO AN END [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 140-9
Summary: Scenes in Paris outside the Hotel de Ville on the 25th August 1944.
Description: Prisoners from the former Wehrmacht garrison in Paris are led through a crowd of Frenchmen celebrating their liberation in the square beyond the Hotel de Ville, the seat of the Comité National de la Resistance. Resistance men and Gaullist supporters demonstrate before the Hotel in expectation of General de Gaulle's imminent arrival. (He did not in fact appear). A GI buys a liberation newspaper watched by enthusiastic spectators. Both the Americans and a small party of AFPU cameramen receive a warm welcome. By way of contrast, a procession of grim-faced Wehrmacht officers from the German GHQ in Paris is escorted through a hostile and vengeful crowd by armed members of the FFI and troops of the 2nd French Armoured Division.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Harris, L W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Forces Francaises de l'Interieur (regiment/service)
Free French Forces, Div, Armoured, French, 2 (regiment/service)
United States Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
Keywords: journalism and record, British - cameraman: AFPU (object name)
Liberation (object name)
prisoners of war, German - movement (object name)
Paris, Département de Ville de Paris, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 136-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 137-1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for footage taken during the liberation of Paris. De Gaulle's inability to turn up at the Hotel de Ville was of course deliberate. He had gone to visit instead the Préfecture of Police where the Gaullists had started the uprising, much to the CNR's disgust. The Parisian police's role during the occupation was not an honourable one.
Remarks: Good shots of the Parisian crowd's reaction to German prisoners-of-war and of the prisoners themselves.
Documentation/associated material: for a journalistic account of the events that led up to the liberation of Paris, in particular the rivalry between the various political factions in the French Resistance, read 'Is Paris Burning?' by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. See also the film 'Journal de la Resistance' based on footage taken by the FFI in the week prior to Paris' liberation by the Allies.