Film, Video [World War II color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany] World War 2 color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany / World War Two color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany / Inventory title: Chateau Thierry

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Title

  • [World War II color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany]

Other Title

  • World War 2 color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany
  • World War Two color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany
  • Inventory title: Chateau Thierry

Summary

  • In the fall and winter of 1944-1945, the SPECOU is embedded with American troops as they move through northeast France--from Chateau-Thierry to Reims, through Luxembourg and Belgium, and then to the area in and around Aachen, the westernmost city in Germany. Scenes include bombed buildings and streets, refugees, German prisoners and Christmastime scenes. There are two out of sequence segments of the August 1944 military parade held after the liberation of Paris.

Names

  • Stevens, George, 1904-1975
  • United States. Army. Signal Corps. Special Coverage Unit

Created / Published

  • [1944-1945]

Contents

  • Stevens and the SPECOU are in Chateau-Thierry, Stevens and several others visit the nearby Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial and Belleau Woods -- Soldiers examine remnants in a bomb crater -- In Reims, Hamilton and other SPECOU members clown around with a 4-foot bottle of Pommery Champage -- In Luxembourg, Stevens and the camera unit are on a bombed out main street -- In Belgium, shots of a town square, a train yard, street car, and civilians walking by -- Refugees walk down a street carrying their belongings, some with bicycles and carts -- Cameraman runs, apparently due to sniper fire, cameraman films soldiers firing mortars and men digging out rubble -- American soldier leads a small group of German prisoners through a badly damaged town -- A large group of German prisoners, huddled in an enclosed area, are directed to waiting trucks and are loaded in -- American soldiers decorate a Christmas tree with hand grenades and open Christmas presents, possibly in Aachen, Germany -- Out of sequence shots of the August 1944 military parade held after the liberation of Paris -- SPECOU is on the move, several members examine a map while at a signpost (Koln, Dusseldorf, Trier) -- Signpost (Stolberg, Werth, Hastenrach, Eschweiler, Duren) -- Signpost (HQ Brussels Garrison, Maastricht Centrum, Tongeren) -- Informal checkpoint with American soldier stopping and checking passing trucks -- Stevens opens a Christmas present from his son (a shaving kit filled with candy) -- In Duren, bombed out buildings, devastated street -- Burned out German tanks on the side of a country road.

Headings

  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Luxembourg
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Destruction and pillage--Germany--Düren
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Refugees--Belgium
  • -  Prisoners of war--Germany
  • -  Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial (France)
  • -  Belleau, Bois de (France)
  • -  Château-Thierry (France)
  • -  Reims (France)
  • -  Aachen (Germany)
  • -  Military parades--France--Paris
  • -  Stevens, George,--1904-1975
  • -  Hamilton, Bill,--1908-1971
  • -  United States.--Army.--Signal Corps.--Special Coverage Unit

Genre

  • Unedited footage
  • Nonfiction films

Notes

  • -  Scenes depicted are not in chronological order.
  • -  During World War II, film director George Stevens was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Signal Corps. In late 1943, he was directed to organize a Special Coverage Unit (SPECOU) of cameramen and sound recorders to photograph the Americans landing in Europe on D-Day. The unit was embedded with American and Allied troops as they moved through France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany.
  • -  Sources used: Five came back by Mark Harris; "Lt. Col. George C. Stevens, World War II color film" document in M/B/RS acquisition file, ACQ: Stevens, George (Jr.).

Medium

  • 1 video file (digital) (38 min.) : si., col.

Source Collection

  • Stevens (George, Jr.) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600754

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Stevens, George, and United States Army. Signal Corps. Special Coverage Unit. World War II color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany. [to 1945, 1944] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020600754/.

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Stevens, G. & United States Army. Signal Corps. Special Coverage Unit. (1944) World War II color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany. [to 1945] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020600754/.

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Stevens, George, and United States Army. Signal Corps. Special Coverage Unit. World War II color footage--American troops move through northeast France, Luxembourg, and Belgium to Germany. [to 1945, 1944] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020600754/>.