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Bomb damage in Germany postwar

Film | Accession Number: 2011.124.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1320 | Film ID: 2920

German civilians clear rubble from heavily bomb damaged buildings. Young and old women pass buckets of debris to each other in a line. A young boy hammers stones into place. Brief slate indicates that the cameraman is Murphy. An explosion, followed by smoke and fire.

Now in Frankfurt, P-47 planes taxi and take off from an airfield. Back in Berlin, young boys look at the camera. The top half of the screen is black. People walk down the street hauling belongings. American military trucks drive past. 01:05:54 An American soldier smoking a pipe holds a slate with the name Carter on it. Slow pan of the interior of the damaged Berlin Sport Palast. More damaged buildings with people walking past. A smiling German woman holding a dog and a potted plant talks to the cameraman or someone beside him. CU of a very small baby sleeping in a carriage. CUs of women and children. Waist-down shot of people walking by pushing carts of belongings. Some of them are barefoot. More shots of rubble-clearing with buckets. 01:11:13 General Bernard Montgomery and Air Marshall Harris confer in a Berlin street. An outdoor table is set with measured food rations for German civilians. The first shot shows the rations for one week, the next shows rations for one day, and the final shot shows rations for one meal. Views of a lake with overhanging trees. German civilians push and pull carts loaded with belongings down a street.

01:14:40 A slate with Captain Carter's name indicates that the date is July 10, 1945 and the location is Berlin. A group of German civilians look at the camera while standing beside a pump for a well. Each person in turn fills at least one bucket with water. Several good wide shots showing severely damaged buildings. CUs of women removing rubble with buckets. More bomb damage and people on the move.

Event:  June-July 1945
Berlin, Germany
Frankfurt, Germany
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:56:31
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