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Postwar destruction of German city; US soldiers celebrate

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2008.118.1 | RG Number: RG-60.4677 | Film ID: 2856

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    Postwar destruction of German city; US soldiers celebrate

    Overview

    Description
    Pan of desolate grounds and destruction of buildings at an airfield in Stuttgart(?). A small aircraft flies in the sky. Remnants of demolished German airplanes and their skeletons on the ground. Street scenes, a civilian with a briefcase walks towards the camera. Pan of bomb destruction. Camera focuses on "The Churchill Machine Tool CO LTD Manchester England" engraving. Piles of debris on the ground. Extensive damage, ruins. 01:18:52 CU of U.S. Army jeep. An officer with a mustache talks to someone off camera while standing next to the vehicle holding the steering wheel. He and another officer lean and sit on the jeep while they converse and laugh with each other and adjust their uniforms. VAR shots of the officers. One pours wine into glasses for the both of them which they drink. An airplane flies in the sky. Soldiers working on a plane at airfield.
    Duration
    00:05:02
    Date
    Event:  early May 1945, maybe May 1
    Locale
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Jamie B. Russell
    Contributor
    Camera Operator: Sydney L. Burr
    Biography
    Major Sydney L. Burr of New York City, NY was stationed northeast of London in Suffolk, England at Knettishall Air Force Base from 1943 to 1945. He served with the 388th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. His formal function was to debrief bombing missions over Germany. It is unclear how he made his way to Germany to film the liberation of Dachau, but since he was very close to those soldiers and celebrated their returns from successful missions, it is likely they slipped him on board one of their flights after VE-Day.

    In May 1945, the 388th flew into Austria and flew French POWs back to France (otherwise they would have had to walk). They also flew ground support troops of the 388th around Europe for an aerial tour; Major Burr was a passenger on one of these flights. See http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=detail&id=388-I-BUR18-01&dataType=Person.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Silent
    Genre/Form
    Amateur.
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Good
    Time Code
    01:15:14:00 to 01:20:16:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2856 Film: 16 mm - b&w - reversal original
      Master 2856 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2856 Film: 16 mm - b&w - reversal original
      Master 2856 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2856 Film: 16 mm - b&w - reversal original
      Master 2856 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
      Master 2856 Film: 16 mm - b&w - reversal original
      Master 2856 Video: Digital Betacam - NTSC - small
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2856 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2856.2 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w
      Preservation 2856 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2856.2 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w
      Preservation 2856 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2856.2 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w
      Preservation 2856 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - small
      Preservation 2856.2 Film: negative - 16 mm - b&w
    • User
    • User 2856.2 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2856.2 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2856.2 Film: positive - 16 mm - b&w - print
      User 2856.2 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
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Conditions on Use
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum places no restrictions on use of this material. You do not require further permission from the Museum to reproduce or use this film footage.

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    Jamie B. Russell donated two reels of 16mm film taken by her father, Major Sydney L. Burr, who served with the 338th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force during the war, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in September 2008.
    Note
    Original title on film can: "Dachau, Stuttgart - VE Day #4"
    Transferred at 18 FPS
    Film Source
    Ms. Jamie B. Russell
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 5047
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:02:38
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