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Special invasion

Still from film

7 Minutes

Released: 1944

Production: War Pictorial News

Commentary over actual footage of aerial attacks on Hitler's West Wall coastal defences before and after D-Day.

Dramatic scenes include the shooting down of a Luftwaffe plane, the destruction of coastal defences, carpet-bombing and allied weapons and other supplies being brought ashore by tanks and trucks.

End sequence features shots of Admiral Ramsey (in charge Naval Operations) on deck, Air Chief Marshal Tedder, General Montgomery, General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill.

Dual language titles suggest overseas distribution.


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