• Short Summary

    A warm welcome by Cretan population and Military Authorities has been reserved to the hundred British officers of the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade (TA) who arrived today by air from England at Herakleion of Crete.

  • Description

    1.
    The two RAF planes rolls in at Herakleion airdrome.


    2.
    Herakleion Mayor and British Military Attache Brig., Snowball head towards the planes.


    3.
    The Mayor welcomes General Weston on his stepping out of the plane.


    4.
    SGV: wearing their "camouflaged" uniforms, offices of the Parachute Brigade leave their planes.


    5.
    GV: Officers seen surrounding one of the RAF planes.


    6.
    They now get in the pullmans to be transported to the Reserve Officers School of Crete.


    7.
    Arrival at the School.


    8.
    Discussion of the invasion of the Nazis on the maps; General Weston speaks to the group of the Parachutists.


    9.
    GV of the lecture room of the School.


    10.
    GV of the "Metochi" hill where one of the bloodiest battles was fought in 1941


    11.
    Various shots of the visitors examining the battlefield and receiving the necessary explanations.


    12.
    General Weston and Brig. Vellios, commander of the Reserve Officers' School (CU).


    13.
    GV of the battlefield where Commonwealth Forces fought heroically against the Nazi Paratroopers.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A warm welcome by Cretan population and Military Authorities has been reserved to the hundred British officers of the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade (TA) who arrived today by air from England at Herakleion of Crete. The group is commanded by Brigadier A. L. Deane-Frummond and accompanied by Maj-Gen. G. P. L. Weston, Director of Land/Air Warfare at the War Office and Brigadier R. C. Queree, Senior Officer of the New Zealand Liaison Staff in London, who is 1941 commanded the 2nd New Zealand Division during the operation in Crete being on the Staff of General Freyberg. The Parachute Brigade officers participate in a battlefield tour of Crete, studying the Nazi tactic of airborne invasion of the Island, paying in the meantime tribute to the British and Commonwealth Forces which defended so heroically Crete.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEQEA6B3UL8NFM1PTH9F8Y6OGE
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQEA6B3UL8NFM1PTH9F8Y6OGE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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