Loosely assembled combat/newsreel footage of D-Day from the position of the British invasion fleet (1944). Last item is coverage of the Duke of Gloucester visiting a Sunderland Flying Boat Base (1943) [Allocated]
Short summary: Normandy invasion coverage includes scenes in the boat (12 June 1944) carrying PM Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Smuts and Admiral (?) ashore after D-Day, and then being joined by Montgomery.
Summary: Ls of ships, some with dazzle camouflage, presumably part of the D-Day invasion fleet. Flash frame, cu of ship's name SALERNO. Ls of various craft. HA shot looking up at sailor signalling with flags. Pennansts lowered by sailor wearing British helmet. Ms of raft loaded with rocket launchers. Destroyer. Barrage baloons flying above fleet. Pan of British troops,wearing berets, seated in bottom of landing craft. Spacer at 104ft. Words on spacer: Brit Pict. Woods No. 4/10 494 Negative.
Picture resumes at 110ft. MS of two senior officers standing on deck, both wear helmets. Cut to shot of a stern of LCT's. Pan to cu of Army officer. Ls of volley of rockets being fired from raft at Normandy beaches. Closer view of rocket-firing craft. Ls of Normany beaches, smoke and flames. Spacer at 209ft. Words on spacer: 20439535-63->
Shots of the Normandy beaches after the battle. Sherman tank and other armoured vehicles maked with D-Day star, stranded in foreshore; pesumably hit and imobilised during invasion. Another view of weckage from invasion. View looking inland, shows damaged steel corrugated invasion pavement and shell-battered French buildings overlooking beach. Spacer at 232ft. Picture resumes at 234ft. Ms shots in the boat carrying VIPs ashore (12 June 1944) from L-R, Admiral (?), Field Marshal Jan muts and PM Winston Churchill. View of Churchill from side smoking a cigar whilel surveying the scene. Churchhill gives two-fingered salute. Ms of boat carrying VIPs ashore. Cut to MS of FM Montgomery, Churchill and another in a DUKW. Spacer at 283ft, picture resumes at 284ft. An RAF Sunderland Flying Boat flies low over camera position. Duke of Gloucester and other dignitaries arrive at Sunderland base. Members of the Squadron parade in front of a Sunderland Flying Boat. Duke of Gloucester meets members of the squadron.
Note lots of edits had to be spliced with tape and there are white spacers with numbers and notes, indicating this is not a final edit or is the version before a cutting copy.
Scratched on tail: MOVIETONE
DUKE OF GLOUCESTER AT SUNDERLAND BASE
35mm, B+W, Neg, mute.
Kodak, 1943 & 1944, Nitrate, 381ft
Recommendation: probably newsreel version that duplicates existing footage. Check and if so destroy. 25/11/19.