France remembered June 18th this year, and the Resistance workers who died for freedom, in a spirit of warm harmony perhaps greater than on any previous occasion.
L.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE ON HIS WAY TO ARC DE TRIOMPHE.
G.V. & ZOOM IN... DITTO.
L.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE'S CAR ARRIVES AT ARC DE TRIOMPHE.
C.U. CROWD AND FLAG.
S.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE AT SALUTE.
S.V. WOMEN IN CROWD.
L.V. & ZOOM IN & BACK... GENERAL DE GAULLE KINDLING FLAME.
G.V. DITTO AND ALL STANDING AT SALUTE ETC.,
S.V. FLAGS DIPPED.
S.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE SHAKES OFFICERS HANDS.
G.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE LEAVING ARC DE TRIOMPHE.
PAN GENERAL DE GAULLE LEAVES IN CAR.
L.V. MILITARY CARS LEAVE ARC DE TRIOMPHE.
S.V. CROWD APPLAUDING.
PAN SHOT MILITARY CAR PASSES WITH RESISTANCE MEMBERS.
C.U. MAN IN CROWD WITH RAISED ARM.
T.V. MEMORIAL BUILDINGS OF RESISTANCE MOVEMENT.
S.T.V.PAN GENERAL DE GAULLE ARRIVES AT MEMORIAL.
S.T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE STOPS AND SALUTES FLAG.
S.V. CROWD AND FLAGS.
S.T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE WALKS AND SALUTES THROUGH LINES OF TROOPS.
G.T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE WALKING TOWARDS MEMORIAL.
S.T.V. DITTO AND INTO DOORWAY.
S.T.V. WINDOWS ETC., OF LOST RESISTANCE MEN.
L.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE WALKS TO MEMORIAL.
S.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE SALUTES AND RE-KINDLES FLAME ON MEMORIAL.
S.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE AND OTHERS AT SALUTE-FLAME IN FOREGROUND.
S.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE SHAKING HANDS WITH RESISTANCE MEMBERS
S.V. PEOPLE ON TERRACE LOOK ON.
S.T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE RAISES HAT AND SHAKES HANDS WITH WIDOWS ETC.,
C.U. GENERAL DE GAULLE SHAKES HANDS WITH PEOPLE.
T.V. DITTO- AS HE LEAVES.
S.V. CROWD ON TERRACE APPLAUD.
S.T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE JOSTLED BY CROWD ETC.,
T.V. GENERAL DE GAULLE LEAVES IN CAR.
G.V. ARC DE TRIOMPHE AT NIGHT.
S.V. FLAG FLYING DITTO.
Initials V.L. A.S./P.B.
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Background: France remembered June 18th this year, and the Resistance workers who died for freedom, in a spirit of warm harmony perhaps greater than on any previous occasion. Enthusiasm ran high in Paris as Gen de Gaulle kindled a flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arc de Triomphe. This was an entirely new part of the national ceremony which the General conducted before leaving for the traditional visit to nearby Mont Valerien, west of Paris, where the Resistance members shot by the Germans are buried.
Gen. de Gaulle has visited Mont Valerien each June 18th since the war. This year, symbolically, he was again at the head of a France fighting for survival as a great national and he was received with moving affection by thronging street-side crowds and by former Resistance workers who pressed forward at Valerien to shake his hand. The General had a work to say to nearly all of them and often he learned far across the ropes and over heads to greet old comrades standing at the back. At both the Arc de Triomphe and at Valerien, he brought the crowds to a sad and pensive silence as motionless as he stood/before the graves in prolonged salute.
June 18th for France marks the General's appeal from London on June 18th, 1940, just after Dunkirk. He told the world then, "France has lost a battle but has not lost the war" and appealed for French resistance to the German occupation.
This year, the day was greeted in addition by the announcement that the General had conferred upon Sir Winston Churchill,British Prime Minister in 1940, the Cross of Liberation. "It means so much to me to receive this mark of friendship from France, which holds so high a place in my affection and regard," said Sir Winston in a message of reply.
In London in the evening, ceremony was held outside the British headquarters of the Resistance, in Carlton Gardens. A recording of General's historic broadcast was relayed to a crowed which included M. Jean Chauval, French Ambassador, M. L. Burdet, Free French Association president, and Lady Churchill, representing Sir Winston.