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Title:THE BELGIAN BRIGADE ARRIVES IN BRUSSELS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 150-3
Description: Armoured fighting vehicles belonging to both the Guards Armoured Division's and the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment's HQs drive through Brussels during an official parade commemorating the entry of the first allied troops into the Belgian capital. Afterwards a wreath-laying ceremony attended by Belgian and British officers is held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The carnival atmosphere in the city is heightened by the arrival of the Belgian Brigade led by Colonel Piron, who is seen here riding in a Staghound AA armoured car.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Evans, L J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Belgian Army, Belgian Bde 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Armoured Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Household Cavalry, Regiment 2 (regiment/service)
Belgian Army, White Army (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Military Police (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Staghound (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Staghound AA (object name)
transport, United States military - truck: Fordson 15cwt 4x2 (object name)
statues and memorials (object name)
Liberation (object name)
Brussels, Brabant, Belgium (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 145-5, 8 and 9, 146-3, 147-1 to 6, 150-1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 showing the Guards Armoured Division's advance to Brussels from the Seine. The 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade first went into action with the 6th Airborne Division in August 1944 at the end of the Normandy campaign. As the liberation of Belgium approached, the brigade was assigned to 30th Corps.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of footage listed above. It is interesting comparing this and other footage taken of the liberation of Brussels with material taken in Paris showing similar scenes of public jubilation as those connoisseurs of such events in the Allied armies reckoned that the welcome they received from the Belgians far outweighed that afforded by the French.
Documentation/associated material: refer to first 3 items listed in A70 145-5 for a bibliography.