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Title:BASTILLE DAY IN COURSEULLES AND AMFRÉVILLE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 82-4
Summary: During the Bastille Day celebration in Courseulles and Le Plein, tribute is paid by civic leaders and the local population to Canadian and British troops killed in action on D-Day and afterwards.
Description: At the 1914-18 War Memorial in Courseulles, a ceremony is held in honour of the twenty Canadians of the 3rd Canadian Division who were killed in the town on June 6th 1944. Local inhabitants together with the Mayor of Courseulles and British and Canadian officers lay wreaths at the War Memorial. Further eastwards in the Orne bridgehead, commandos of the 1st Special Service Brigade attend the consecration of a memorial dedicated to their dead comrades made by the people of Le Plein. The village priest addresses the crowd of local people and civic leaders. After the ceremony, the commandos march in platoons past the memorial before their Brigade Commander, Brigadier Durnford-Slater, with a Scots piper.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Notes: See with A70 82-6 for additional coverage of the ceremony at Le Plein shot by Sergeant Laws. For additional coverage of events in Courseulles, see A70 82-1, 5, 7 and A70 84-5 for footage shot by Sergeants Jones, Laws, Palmer and Harris.