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Movietone at War: Seventy years on

15th March 1944 – On this day the Second Battle of Cassino opened.  The town of Cassino was on a mountain to the east of the Monastery which had already been flattened.  Paul Wyand and Martin Gray were determined to get to the front to get a good view of the assault.  In the car they carried their American tent colleagues plus a third who had joined them for the ride.  He was Sherman “Monty” Montrose of United Press.

As they left the main highway to take a back road, they were stopped by an American colonel.  He said that that road was under continual German observation and that they had been firing at any movement they saw on it. Read more

Colleagues: Martin Gray – Movietone

Martin Gray started work with Movietonews as a Sound recordist.   He joined the company in 1937. He accompanied first Norman Fisher to France where together in May 1940 they covered the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force through Belgium.  They made their way to Boulogne where they were forced to abandon their camera car.  This was one of two cars Movietone left behind in France.  They took their camera and sound equipment, as well as their exposed negative aboard a ship bound for Dover.  They were ordered on to the ship. Read more