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Title:NORMANDY BEACHES AFTER LANDINGS AND SCENES IN FAR EAST [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 2424
Summary: Colour rushes shot by Royal Navy cameramen. Various scenes off Normandy beaches, June 1944. RN sailors and merchant seamen pass time aimlessly off tropical coastline, where dredger and auxiliary vessel Barfoam (1936-1946) are moored. Badly focused and underexposed sequence shows Supreme Commander Admiral Mountbatten addressing troops in the Far East, with bush-hat cameramen (British AFPU or Australian) visible, then departing by car at (unidentified) ceremonial occasion.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 141 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Acquisition: Although some of this material was shot by official RN cameramen, it was acquired from a private source and without any documentation. Some sequences in the overall collection transferred appear to overlap 35mm film previously officially transferred from the Admiralty, providing further evidence that in 1944 and 1945 the RN sometimes shot on 16mm Kodachrome, which was then blown up onto 35mm B&W for cinema newsreel release purposes.