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The Falaise Pocket, August 1944

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Short filmclip, ca. 4 min.  with French commentary.

 

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The "Falaise" made the crossings between Saint Malo and Southampton in the early 60s

 

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The famous painting by Frank Wootton

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Falaise, the aftermath

The predecessor of the SS "Falaise" was, I believe, used in the Dunkirk evacuations and survived the war. The "Falaise", togehter with the "Brittany"  were used in the postwar years as  passenger ferries between Southampton and Saint Malo, travelled frequently in this during the early 60s. In the lounge was a large copy of the original painting of the "Falaise Gap" by Frank Wooton, now in possession of the Imperial War Museum.

I still have vivid memories of the port of St. Malo, the "Falaise", the picture in the lounge and the general holiday atmosphere of the crossing and of the Bretagne.

More info on this nostalgic passage under "Les Bateaux de Saint Malo"

http://www.bateaux-de-saint-malo.com/en/fiche Falaise.htm

 

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