The Commander of the Netherlands Army, General Benjamin R.P.F. Hasselman, has retired from military service?
Travelling along soldiers, standing in position. Two shots. (cut in shot for scene no 2.)
Pan from left to right General Hasselman, standing in jeep, inspecting the troops.
General Hasselman takes his place on the platform, where he will watch the parade.
C.u. General Hasselman.
Longshot while the parade is starting, in front the stands of colour of the 14 participating units are marching.
C.u. of the standards.
General Hasselman, watching the parade.
Passing troops, in the background General Hasselman and other military authorities.
C.u. of the successor of General Hasselman. Ltn General le Fevre de Montigny.
Different shots of the parade with cut-in shots of Hasselman and other military authorities.
Motorized unites passing with field artillery.
Light anti aircraft gunnery during the parade.
Heavy transportmaterial passing
A reconnoitring squadron consisting of 15 Chaffeetanks passing
Different shots of the 4th tankbataljon consisting of 34 Centuriontanks.
General Hasselman getting into his car.
Note: Polygoon and T.V. were present.
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Background: The Commander of the Netherlands Army, General Benjamin R.P.F. Hasselman, has retired from military service now that he has attained pensionable age. General Hasselman was also Chief of the General Staff, and aide de camp in special service of H.M. the Queen.
This spring he was appointed President of the Military Committee of NATO. He is to be succeeded by Lieut-General G.J.Le Fevre de Montigny as commander of the Army. (C.U. of New General.. After arrival of General Hasselman on Dais)
Before relinquishing his post the queen appointed General Hasselman High Officer of the Order of Oranje Nassau with swords.
Today General Hasselman took the salute at a large military parade held in his honour - his last parade.
All units of the Dutch Army took part in this, the biggest parade to be held in Holland, since 1945. Taking part were 500 men, 150 vehicles, 6 Chaffee tanks and 34 Centurion tanks.
Before taking the parade General Hasselman inspected his troops for the last time.
He has held the post of Commander of the Armed Forces and Chief of the General Staff since 1951.