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Title:A BBC RADIO BROADCAST FROM NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 53-1
Summary: A reconstruction of the first 'live' broadcast made by a BBC radio correspondent in Normandy.
Description: Assisted by two Royal Signallers, Frank Gillard, a BBC radio correspondent, prepares to read out his script for the broadcast from the Meuvaines Ridge overlooking 'Gold' Beach. In the background can be seen the tent (covered in scrim netting) that would normally serve as his studio and a BBC radio transmitter known as 'Mike Charlie Oboe'. The signals lieutenant serving as broadcasting engineer checks the radio before giving Gillard the 'go-ahead' to read his script down his microphone.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Gillard, Francis George (person)
British Army, Royal Corps of Signals (regiment/service)
Keywords: equipment, British - communications: radio transmitter 'Mike Charlie Oboe (object name)
journalism and record, British - radio: BBC radio broadcast (from Normandy beaches) (object name)
Gold Beach, Arromanches, Calvados, France (geography)
Meuvaines Ridge, Arromanches, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: Gillard's broadcast was timed to coincide with the 9pm news on Sunday June 18th 1944. Refer to the BBC radio broadcast recordings from the Second World War now in the collection of the Museum's Sound Archive. Another BBC radio correspondent in Normandy was Chester Wilmot who later wrote 'Struggle for Europe'.
Remarks: this footage constitutes the only coverage of the activities of the BBC's frontline radio correspondents for the period June-November 1944.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read 'BBC War Report 6th June 1944 to 8th May 1945' by G Cumberlege.