IWM Film website upgrade: self-selection and authorised download of HD clips. More info
By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings,
and for us to access our cookies on your device.
Summary: I. "Cherbourg captured." No film of the town itself but views of American forces advancing confidently along road and long lines of prisoners, including a few women. Importance of Allied air power is illustrated by supply drops, aerial view of devastated Valognes and extensive coverage of destroyed flying bomb sites. One such installation, still unfinished, was perhaps for use against the USA Commentary speaks of the "new Free France rising from the ruins"; Allies will reconstruct what was destroyed (engineers blast dangerous ruins, then bulldozers clear rubble).
II. "Holidays at home will speed peace." Railways are heavily engaged in transporting reinforcements and supplies for the Normandy front, so people are urged to forego their traditional sea-side holiday and stay at home (outdoor dancing, swimming and cricket or home-mend jobs) or go by bicycle "to help with the harvest and have a marvellous holiday."
III. "The other man's job. The bridge to victory." Factory scenes show the production of Bailey bridges. View of the laying of a bridge in Italy and the ceremonial opening by Montgomery of the 1200 ft. bridge over the Sangro River.