Unit History: Army Film and Photo Unit

Army Film and Photo Unit

Army Film and Photo Unit

The Army Film and Photographic Unit (AFPU) was a subdivision of the British armed forces set up on 24th October 1941, to record military actions and battles in which the British and Commonwealth armies was engaged during WWII. The AFPU was disbanded in 1946.

The Army Film & Photographic Unit was based at Pinewood Film Studios. It was Commanded by David McDonald. All members Sgt's from many Regiments covered D Day and all major activity from Normandy to the Baltic, with numerous key events, including the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, the liberation of Paris and Belsen, the German surrender to Field Marshal Montgomery and the Potsdam Conference using 35mm Motion Picture cameras and Ikonta Still cameras.

A memorial at Pinewood Studios records those members of AFPU that were killed in action, during WWII, almost 23% of all AFPU soldiers were killed in action.


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