STK-ID 21577

Beginning of the end for Nazi Germany: brief AERIAL SHOT of airfield with large number of gliders parked along runway. Cut to ground shot of tow planes, gliders, to briefing, paratroopers boarding transport. Two transports take-off past the camera. GROUND TO AIR shot of whole armada of planes. Shots of paratroops jumping as seen from inside plane, from ground, from another plane - sky full of parachutes. GROUND TO AIR shot of crippled transport crashing, hitting ground beyond some buildings exploding in a fierce fire. Sequence on Waco gliders taking off, some CUs of humourous legends scribbled on fuselages. Shots of vehicles being loaded into British Horsa gliders, of gliders taking off towed by bomber. View from front of glider during take-off and from tail of tow plane. AIR TO AIR SHOTs of gliders and tow planes, View from nose of glider of tow plane, of pilot jettisoning tow rope. AIR TO AIR shot, LS of glider floating free. Shots of gliders landing, crashing. Sequence on Liberators being loaded up, crews boarding planes, Liberators taking off, airborne. AERIAL SHOTs of ground dotted with spent parachutes, littered with gliders. Shots of supply drop. Sequence on British soldiers transporting infantry landing crafts by truck to Rhine, US Army crossing Rhine in amphibians, British crossing on pontoon bridge, Winston Churchill and General Dwight Eisenhower visiting.


Excerpt from
Refugees and Other Stories
Rhine River
National Film Board
Available formats
Digital Bétacam, Reel 35 mm, Digital Video Disk
Shooting format
35mm fine grain b&w, 35mm dupe neg b&w
Aspect ratio
Available resolutions
720 x 486