These three gentlemen are Sergeant C.M.G. „Mike“ Lattion, Sergeant Alan Calder and Lieutenant Charles Richer. They belong to the Canadian Film and Photo Unit (CFPU) and were attached to the 1st Canadian Parachute Bataillon. The Canadian paratroopers were part of 3 Parachute Brigade which – as part of Operation Varsity - jumped into battle on March 24th, 1945. This photo (from the Library and Archives of Canada) shows the CFPU-members three days after they landed at Bergerfurth, a few miles north of Wesel, Germany. I suppose the Jeep was airlanded as well. It is apparently fitted with tubular receptacles to hold camera tripods. Here’s the CFPU‘s shoulder title – the design suggests a certain artistic ambition… Sergeants Calder and Lattion were camera operators, Lt. Richer was a still photographer. The cameras they used were American made Bell and Howell 16mm cameras. Three different lenses could be rotated into position. The cameras of that era operated with reels holding about 100 feet of film. Each reel allowed filming for two and a half to three minutes. Quite a difference to today’s permanent availability of cameras and their constant use in all situations worthy or not worthy of filming. One advantage oft he old cameras might be noted, though – they had a manual wind. No power packs, no chargers, no sockets needed! Good when you‘re working in the field! All of this should be considered when watching the material that Calder and Lattion shot on March 24th, 1945 in Bergerfurth during Operation Varsity. Their material was used in Canadian Army Newsreel No. 67 – it impressively show what happened on DZ/LZ A on that fateful day. The coverage of airborne activities starts at time code 07:34: While doing additional reserach for this thread I came across a wonderful website that deals with the Canadian Film and Photo Unit. The website is - as far as I can see- run by Dale Gervais. I quote from the site: „Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale recently retired in September, 2018, after over 36 years with Library & Archives Canada. Dale now works as an independent researcher, with experience in audio visual holdings, video production and more recently doing Archival textual document searches, and photographic scanning.“ CFPU Combat Cameramen – Welcome to the Canadian Film and Photo Unit website While going over his site I made a discovery which absolutely thrilled me. Dale Gervais saw to it that 107 albums with prints of contact sheets – Canadian WW2 photography - were made accessible online as PDFs. He made the announcement in April 2020. I suppose the wonderful result of his highly laudable initiative was somewhat eclipsed by the Corona crisis. Well – no more! Here’s what Dale Gervais has to say about the Canadian WW2 photo albums held by the Library and Archives of Canada: https://canadianfilmandphotounit.ca/2020/04/12/library-archives-canada-army-numerical-series-110-albums-now-available-online/ Here's is an example of one of those contact sheets. This contact sheet comes from album vol. 89 and shows some of the photos taken during Operation Varsity. All of these images were made available to me when I visited the Canadian Archives in Ottawa in 1991. Here's one of those that I ordered as prints afterwards: This is the afternoon of March 24th – first elements of Scottish 15th Div have reached the airborne troops in Bergerfurth. I would like to point out that the contact sheets – in some cases - show more images than the ones that were released and that are usually made available by the Library and Archives. And they present the context of certain photos that may already be known. This is definitely the case for the contact Sheets showing the Rhine Crossing of 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade North of Rees. This is a page to illustrate my point: Unfortunately, it is not all that easy to get to the actual PDFs - the best thing is to use the LAC search form: Archives Search—Advanced - Library and Archives Canada In the top "Any Keyword" box enter: Army numerical In the "Any keyword" box below enter: DND FA19 This will produce one result - click on the link given and you will get this result: Sub-sub-series consists of - 120 lower level results If you click on the link "120 lower level results" you will get to a list of the 110 albums with the coveted contact sheets - they are not in chronological order bit give the the dates the albums cover. You have to go through the whole list to find the dates that my be of interest to you. Normandy landings for example are album vol. 74.... The first on the list is album vol. 91. - click on the link provided - and you get a new result. the you have to click on the "Online MIKAN no ...." The result will show you a page with an icon on the left - that's the final link to the PDF. Phew! As I said: Not all that easy... But try it - the effort is worth the while! If you made it this far: Thanks for your interest in my post!