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Title:COLLABORATORS AT BRETEUIL (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-13
Description: Three women collaborators have their heads shaved by local barbers in a garage (?). They are then led through the streets of Breteuil by FFI volunteers and the local police followed by a jeering and occasionally vindictive crowd; a gendarme is seen at one point rushing to the defence of one of the unfortunate women who is assaulted with a broomhandle by a spectator. Also seen in the crowd are British army servicemen, drawn to the spectacle partly through curiosity and partly for amusement.
Notes: Note: See with A70 129-17, 136-14, 15, 142-5, 143-1, 3, 145-6, 7 for footage which focuses on the public humiliation of women collaborators by members of the French Resistance in the wake of liberation. Refer generally to footage showing 30th Corps' eastward advance towards the Seine.
Remarks: An unpleasant reminder of what it means to be suddenly on the losing end after having enjoyed some of the spoils of war with an erstwhile victor. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 136-14 which contains complementary footage.