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Canadian Army Newsreel No. 53

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53.1 1944 IN REVIEW Highlights of Historic Year for Canadian Army Overseas. It shows: Italy: the ruins of a church at Ortona, destruction, and a crippled man in the street. January, 1944: General Bernard Montgomery relinquishes command of the 8th Army and returns to England. The new commander, General Sir Oliver Leese, is met by Canadian Army Staff officers in Italy. Major Paul Triquet, Victoria Cross recipient, visits graves in a Canadian military cemetery. England: General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the newly-named Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force (S.H.A.E.F.) in the Western Theatre, holds a conference. General Andrew McNaughton says goodbye to the First Canadian Army. General H.D.G. Crerar arrives to assume command. April 1944: Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King arriving at airport in England for the Dominion Prime Minister’s conference and is met by Vincent Massey and General H.D.G. Crerar. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth visit Canadian paratroopers, watch a demonstration mass drop by them and then review the paratroopers. May 1944: Dress rehearsals for invasion, with troops wading up on beaches as flail tanks clear the way. General Eisenhower addresses the 2nd Canadian Corps. King George inspects the 3rd Canadian Division. Italy: 1st Canadian Corps advance on the German line near Ceprano. England. June 6, 1944: Troops are readied and supplies are loaded for the assault; D-Day, shelling, beach landing, advance begins. Rome falls. Romans celebrate the liberation of the city. Large crowd in a square. Normandy: 1st Canadian Army battles near Caen, fighting at Carpiquet Airfield; move through the ruins of Caen. July 1944: King George visits Canadian troops in Italy and presents Major John Mahony with the Victoria Cross. In France: Allied troops open the second front on the coast of Normandy; classic footage of Allied and Canadian troops landing on French soil; elements of the 1st Canadian Army blasting Carpiquet Airfield, Caen; troops being acclaimed as they liberate the city; troops in battle for the Falaise Gap, July 1944; prisoners from the German 7th Army; Canadian reinforcements arrive via prefabricated Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches; General H.D.G. Crerar chats with Major David Currie, V.C., of the South Alberta Regiment; Canadian troops clean up Channel ports, liberate Rouen in August 1944 and crowd there greets the Canadians, Bruges and Boulogne; 2nd Division parade through Dieppe; ruins of flying bomb sites on Channel coast; and Boulogne being blasted from the air by Allied aircraft. Italy: The German line is attacked by artillery; Allies advance. Belgium: Crossing the border. 1st Canadian Army moves into the Antwerp area. In Holland: Canadian troops cross into Holland, clean up the Scheldt Estuary and the Breskens Pocket, assault from landing amphibians on Walcheren Island; view of Antwerp; Ernest A. Smokey Smith of the Canadian Seaforth Highlanders, Victoria Cross winner, gets his picture taken by a C.W.A.C. photographer. Canadian tanks cross into Germany at Beek. Canadian flag is raised. To order the complete six DVD set of The Canadian Army Newsreels, please visit http://www.waramps.ca/military/canr.html.