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Summary: An edition of the British official newsreel "War Pictorial News", produced by the Ministry of Information, Middle East.
Description: I. 'PRISONERS FLY HOME.' Recently released British prisoners of war arrive at Lübeck Aerodrome for their return journey by air to Britain (the nose and front undercarriage of a 616 Squadron Gloster Meteor F.3 is evident in the background). Men waiting to be repatriated are given a cup of soup which they consume by the tail unit of a Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 nightfighter. British returnee prisoners put on "Mae West" life jackets before climbing into a waiting Royal Air Force (RAF) Avro Lancaster aircraft. The fuselage side of a Lancaster displays the chalked legend "All aboard for Blighty." The Lancaster aircraft starts its engines and begins to taxi.
II. 'LIBERATION OF DENMARK.' Panoramic views of Copenhagen Harbour taken from cameraship HMS Zealous shows German Kriegsmarine patrol craft (M-boote ?) at anchor. Panning footage shows KM Prinz Eugen at anchor with its Arado Ar 196 twin-float reconnaissance seaplane still on its take-off rail. Danish civilians and Royal Navy (RN) crew members dance on the decks of HMS Zealous. British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery arrives at Copenhagen Airport where he is met by Danish Prime Minister Vilhelm Buhl. Cheering Danish civilians line rain-soaked streets to view Montgomery and Buhl as they drive past in an official car. Montgomery is later shown inspecting detachments of the 6th Airborne Division and a Royal Marine guard of honour.
III. 'WAR IN THE PACIFIC.' Australian infantry carrying Lee-Enfield Mk III .303-inch rifles, disembark from a merchant ship at an unidentified Pacific island location. A small Royal Australian Navy (RAN) landing craft (LCA 823) carries Australian infantry to shore. Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Bristol Beaufighter Mk 21 aircraft are shown in flight and attacking Japanese jungle positions. Australian infantrymen fire Lee-Enfield Mk III rifles, throw grenades (Mills 36M) and use flame-throwers during jungle-fighting. An Australian infantryman crouches behind the cover of jungle foliage holding an Owen 9mm sub-machine gun. Wounded Australian soldiers are carried through the jungle on stretchers.
Production Details: Ministry of Information, Middle East (Production sponsor)
War Pictorial News (Production company)
Martin, Charles (Production individual)
Keating, Rex1910-02-142005-01British newsreel commentator, WW2 period (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Montgomery, Bernard Law (person)
Buhl, Vilhelm (person)
British Army, Div, Airborne, 6 (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Zealous (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Royal Marines (regiment/service)
German War Navy, Prinz Eugen (regiment/service)
German Navy, Nurnberg (regiment/service)
Australian Army (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war, British - repatriation (object name)
celebrations, Danish - liberation (object name)
ships, German naval - cruiser: Prinz Eugen (object name)
ships, German naval - cruiser: Nürnberg (object name)
ships, British naval - destroyer: Zealous (object name)
combat, Australian (object name)
operations, Australian military - amphibious (object name)
medical, Australian military - emergency (object name)
Germany & Lübeck (geography)
Denmark & Copenhagen (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: Arabic
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 924 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Production: although the film titles credit the script to Rex Keating, the printed version held by the Film and Video Archive attributes it to Patrick O'Malley