Exchange German Prisoners of war return home to Stettin Germany, from Oran, Algeria during World War II
Stettin Germany Date:1943, October Duration:2 min 45 sec Sound:Yes
The Italian hospital ship, "Gradisca," arrives in Stettin harbour, in Germany, (Stettin on the Oder River, now Poland, Szczecin), during World War 2. She carries recuperating exchange German prisoners of war, back home from Oran, Algeria. They are greeted by medical staff and many well-wishers. Children run to the ship as it berths and throw flowers to the soldiers on deck. Wounded on stretchers are removed first. Then the ambulatory soldiers disembark amid warm welcome. Another steamship is seen approaching on the river. It is the Freigeleit. (Actually, this is the French ship,“Djenne,” in German possession, and it too is bringing exchange German POWs back from Oran.) German soldiers fill her upper decks. They play music on deck and celebrate their homecoming. (All the troops, congregating on their port sides, caused both the Gradisca, and the Freigeleit to list to port, somewhat, as they approach the pier.) A bouquet of flowers is raised to the deck of the Freigeleit, on a line, as she ties up. Red Cross nurses line up holding flowers, as sick or wounded soldiers are taken off the ship on stretchers. Then the remaining troops disembark and are greeted with flowers. Some troops write notes to be transmitted to loved ones. A military band plays on the pier. The soldiers board waiting railroad trains to continue their journey.
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