STK-ID 21078

[Old-style, upside-down black and white academy leader countdown.] Invasion (00/06/1944): British paratroops waiting beside Blenheim bombers. Two-shot of paratroops smoking. Cut to CU of one man, to group moving aimlessly as they wait. Front of Blenheim revving up and side view of three of the bombers taxiing across the frame for take-off. Sequence on men loading landing craft with supplies, vehicles. HAS over the craft waiting for signal. Troopship. AERIAL SHOT of armada and level views of units in the fleet. AERIAL SHOT of ships in a line off the French coast. Landing barges on the way. Explosions on shore in extreme distance from naval barrage. Interior shot of US landing craft, GI's waiting. Other craft behind camera-craft. Sequence on GI's firing field guns from landing craft. Huge black explosion on shore, other explosions in the water in the distance; explosions as Germans fire at landing craft. Quick cuts of infantry landing crafts on the way to shore. Quick shots of GI's landing on the beach, firing artillery guns from barges, of explosions, amphibious vehicles rolling up on shore. German prisoners are brought in by British soldiers; wrecked buildings all round; groups of waiting soldiers on the beach. Group of prisoners of war assembled near Bernières railway station, being guarded by British paratroopers. One Frenchman walks about waving a small Stars and Stripes flag. Sequence on casualties being looked after, one medic bandaging a leg. Shots of tanks, vehicles on the beach after initial landing. Shot of wounded on stretchers being put into Red Cross trucks, waiting to be loaded onto a transport landing craft. Wounded British soldiers coming off the transport landing craft in England.


Excerpt from
Reportages nº 70
England, Bernières-sur-Mer
National Film Board
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