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German invasion of Crete

Film | Digitized | RG Number: RG-60.0175 | Film ID: 4318

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    German invasion of Crete


    This is an excerpt from the six reel film about the German invasion of Crete from 21-27 May 1941, the first mainly airborne invasion in history. This clip is from reel 2 of 6.

    German soldiers in battle. Sound of bombing and shooting, Stukas drop bombs, sinking ship. British POWs raising their hands, marching past a harbor. Pile of seized weapons. Cheerful music over POWs sitting in a group. The narrator alludes to the British and their traitorous helpers. POWs in a gated compound. A pair of hands pages through a folder marked “Secret.” POWs receive rations out of the back of a truck while the narrator says that while the Jews are talking nonsense in London, these soldiers are receiving aid. A man identified as the mayor of Crete makes an announcement about the German victory from a balcony while a crowd of people listen below. The narrator says that the Greeks follow orders for calm and order because "what else can they do?" Greece is in German hands and the Nazi flag flies over the Acropolis. German soldiers on watch and ships sinking below the waterline.
    Film Alternate Title
    Crete: a hero’s song of our time (Reel 2 excerpt)
    Production:  1941 June
    Event:  May 21-27, 1941
    Crete, Greece
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Imperial War Museums
    Camera Operator: Walter Winnig
    Producer: Hauptfilmstelle des Reichsluftfahrtministeriums
    Camera Operator: Eberhard von der Heyden
    Camera Operator: Georg Pfandke
    Camera Operator: Ludwig Bayer
    Camera Operator: Hans Jacoby
    Camera Operator: Fritz Hick
    Camera Operator: Franz Thomale

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    • Master 4318 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4318 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4318 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD
      Master 4318 Digital: ProRes HD HQ 422 - HD

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    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased digital copies of films from the Imperial War Museums in London in July 2017.
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    Imperial War Museums
    File Number
    Source Archive Number: GWY 702 02
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-07 12:11:43
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