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Title:FROM D-DAY TO PARIS : a newsreel history [Main Title]
Film Number:COI 241
Summary: The liberation of France.
Description: (Reel 1) A brief impression of D-Day and the immediate follow-up as reinforcements arrive, prisoners leave and captured towns are cleared. (Reel 2) Liberation of Cherbourg by Americans and of Caen by British/Canadian troops (celebration scenes); brief coverage of German countermeasures, and aerial shots of a Mulberry harbour. (Reel 3) Ruins of Caen; the German V1 offensive on South East England; the American break-out to the south and east (St Lo, Avranches, Rennes etc). (Reel 4) Sequence on Free French forces; German counterattack on Mortain; Allied advance (Americans to Angers, Nantes etc; British/Canadians in Orne basin). Mention of activities on other fronts (Russia, Italy) and in south of France. (Reel 5) Liberation of Paris, including scenes of Resistance uprising (streetfighting), de Gaulle's entry into the city, and the disruption of the triumphant Champs Elysées parade by sniper fire.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
British Movietone News (Production company)
Perrin, Raymond (Production individual)
Loewe, Raymond (Production individual)
Moorehead, Alan McCrae19101983(1910-1983) Australian-born journalist and author, in Britain from 1937 (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: society, Allied - history (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 5
Footage: 4710 ft; Running time: 50 mins
Notes: Remarks: one of the series "made in 16 languages for the liberated peoples of Europe". Technique more polished than FROM ITALY TO D-DAY (COI 239) but still a little crude.