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Polish prisoners; British Courageous air carrier; German ships

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2003.122 | RG Number: RG-60.4285 | Film ID: 2556

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    Polish prisoners; British Courageous air carrier; German ships

    Overview

    Description
    German intertitles describe action. Low aerial shot of Polish prisoners marching, then a shot of the column from ground level. The camera pans across a field of prisoners and starved-looking horses, some of which are yoked to carts. Dead horses, abandoned carts and weapons strewn about on the banks of a river and in the river. A low aerial shot of rows of cannons in a field; no people in the shot. Piles of weapons and gas masks, then a brief shot of German soldiers with rifles, perhaps inspecting the weapons. Hitler reviews soldiers in Warsaw. Soldiers on foot, on horseback, and with bicycles march past Hitler. Close up of Hitler and of some of the soldiers. Airplanes picking up wounded from the front. An ambulance and an airplane on an airstrip. Soldiers remove a wounded man on a stretcher from the plane and load him into the ambulance. One of the soldiers speaks briefly to the wounded man. German soldiers repair a destroyed bridge. A wide shot of a destroyed and still-smoking bridge. Several shots of men performing different stages of repair work on the bridge. Footage shot from a plane (the wing is visible) of the aircraft carrier Courageous. The British Courageous was sunk by a U Boat on 17 September, 1939, but the footage doesn't appear to capture this event. A damaged U-boat returning to port. The U boat arrives at port, with sailors standing at attention and waving from the decks. A high-ranking naval commander pins a medal on the chest of the (presumably) captain of the U boat and perhaps other sailors. Close-ups of the smiling sailors and a shot of the flag of the Nazi navy. A German destroyer on a pirate trip on the north sea. This appears to show some kind of exercise or war game between two German ships. The scene opens with several shots of the exterior of a ship on the ocean, another ship is also present. Soldiers are shown rushing up from the hold of the ship and boarding a dinghy, in which they cross to the other ship. They board the ship and a sailor appears waving two flags, in mock victory or surrender (?). A brief shot of sailors looking over the railing, smiling. The dinghy returns to its ship and the last shot shows the wake of one ship and the other in the distance.
    Duration
    00:02:29
    Locale
    Atlantic Ocean
    Poland
    Warsaw, Poland
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Claranne Bechtler

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Newsreels.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Fair
    Time Code
    01:15:27:00 to 01:17:56:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2556 Film: 16 mm - ozaphan
      Master 2556 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2556 Film: 16 mm - ozaphan
      Master 2556 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2556 Film: 16 mm - ozaphan
      Master 2556 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2556 Film: 16 mm - ozaphan
      Master 2556 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2556 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w - duplicate negative
      Preservation 2556 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2556 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w - duplicate negative
      Preservation 2556 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2556 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w - duplicate negative
      Preservation 2556 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2556 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w - duplicate negative
      Preservation 2556 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
    • User
    • User 2552 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2556 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2579 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2586 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2552 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2556 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2579 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2586 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2552 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2556 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2579 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2586 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2552 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2556 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2579 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2586 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Copyright
    Public Domain
    Conditions on Use
    To the best of the Museum's knowledge, this material is in the public domain. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this material.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Claranne Bechtler, the daughter of John Christopher Bechtler, donated her father's film materials to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in May 1995 [Accession Number 1995.A.875]. Most of these items were deaccessioned in March 2000; 18 reels of film, however, were transferred to the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and were never officially deaccessioned or removed from the Museum's premises. They were officially "donated" again by Mrs. Bechtler in June 2003 with the Accession Number 2003.122.
    Film Source
    Ms. Claranne M. Bechtler
    John C. Bechtler
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 4576
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:45:57
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