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Title:BASTILLE DAY IN BAYEUX (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 82-3
Summary: Further coverage of the Bastille Day celebrations in Courseulles, 1944.
Description: The film begins with a brief and unexplained shot of two Sherman Firefly tanks crossing a road and thus holding up a line of trucks before setting off down a tape-marked track towards the front(?). In Bayeux, celebrating its Bastille Day for the first time in four years, war-veterans and the local police join the parade at the 1914-18 War Memorial. A Gendarme, M Goubet, is awarded the Croix de Guerre for his part in aiding the Allies on D-Day. M Mercador is also decorated. The local FFI leader, Major Gille, addresses the crowd, of whom many are British and American servicemen and press representatives; Maurice Schumann is also present. Wreaths honouring the dead of the 1st World War and of the present war are laid at the foot of the Memorial. The band plays the 'Marseillaise', during which a guard of honour consisting of Free French Commandos from No 10 (1-A) Commando is seen at attention, saluting.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Parkinson (Sergeant) (Production individual)