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Allied liberation of Belgium; VE Day parade; daily life of a Belgian family at peacetime

Film | Accession Number: 2013.131.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1459 | Film ID: 2992
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A tank moves out after the Allied liberation of East Flanders. German surrender. Two young men drink beer and celebrate with civilians. The tank drives through town, and Belgian civilians watch and join the procession. A crowd gathers as German prisoners of war march through town. 01:06:32 Jean-Marie wears a captured German helmet and shakes someone's hand. The children play outdoors near a road sign for "de Pinte -2 Km." More footage of German POWs. Canadian troops enter liberated Ghent and are celebrated by civilians. Steeple of St. Baron Cathedral and more crowds celebrating.

01:09:50 VE Day parade in May 1945. Troops marching; bands playing; US, British, Canadian units, the Royal Navy, Air Force, and Allied Women Services followed by civilians march through Ghent, as airplanes fly overhead. CU of a "Victory" poster depicting a triumphant Stalin, Roosevelt, de Gaulle and Churchill.

Various peacetime scenes of the de Brouwers at St. Denis-Westrem after the liberation of Belgium. The children swim by the river; women sew outdoors; Denise smokes, and other adults walk through the garden; Denise descends a sand dune near the Belgian coast during a seaside stay in En Famille pension. Jean-Marie poses by the pension, as other children play in the sand.

Genre
Amateur
Duration
00:16:58
Event Date
1944-1945
Locale
Belgium
Ghent, Belgium
Language
Mute
Genre/Form
Amateur.
Credit
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
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Record last modified: 2018-04-26 13:44:32
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