Title ID 1425Collection ID275
Title[Visit to Belgium and Germany]
DateMay 1948
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBuildings Holidays Houses Leisure Time Activities Roads Second World War (1939-1945) Tourism Travel Urban Areas Wars
LocalPrayon-Trooz Liège Cologne Frankfurt am Main Wehen Blankenese Hamburg
RegionalLiège Wallonia Köln North Rhine-Westphalia Ardennes Darmstadt Hesse Hamburg
NationalBelgium Germany Europe
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
ParticipantsMr and Mrs Delruelle; Dr. Sper and family
FormatColour Silent
Duration15 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Colour amateur footage of a trip to Belgium and Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The film, which has intertitles, contains images of bomb-damaged Köln, Frankfurt and Hamburg.


This record of the film-maker's journey to central Europe begins with footage taken in Belgium. The country house of Mr and Mrs Delruelle in Prayon-Trooz, near Liège, is filmed. A girl rides her bicycle on the driveway whilst a boy drives the family car. The film-maker, a worker at the British Phosphate Commission, films a zinc works in the valley below a hillside farm, where piglets run about. He then films from a car as it drives along the country roads of the Ardennes Valley. Stopping at a restaurant en route, he films the local landscape.

Having arrived in Köln the film-maker films the city's ruined buildings, including the rubble still surrounding the cathedral, the railway station, and the river bridge built by General Patton. A car journey from Köln to Frankfurt traverses an otherwise empty autobahn. After a visit to Dr. Sper and his family at Wehen in the Taunus Mountains, the film-maker captures images of Frankfurt, including its bomb-damaged buildings. Exterior shots of the Allied Commission Headquarters follow. Voss visits Blankenese, a suburb of Hamburg, with friends for a trip to a riverside cafe, before a view across the Alster river to Hamburg. The film ends with the bomb-damaged buildings and streets of Hamburg.