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Title:THE GUARDS ARMOURED DIVISION MOVES UP TO THE FRONT SOUTH OF CAUMONT AS 8TH CORPS ADVANCES INTO THE 'BOCAGE' REGION OF NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 107-4
Description: M10 Achilles 17-pounder self-propelled guns from the 21st Anti-Tank Regiment RA and Sherman tanks belonging to the 1st Armoured Battalion Coldstream Guards travel along marked lanes through minefields between Caumont and St Martin des Besaces (?) accompanied by motorcycle despatch riders and on M5 half-track front the 32nd Guards Brigade Group.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Armoured Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Bde Gp 32 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - SPG: M10 Achilles (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 107-5, 108-6 and 109-2 for footage showing the Guards Armoured Division going into action at the beginning of "Bluecoat" and refer generally to footage showing it and other 8th Corps formations in action during the same offensive. Due to the extensive mine-laying the Germans were able to effect in this one-time quiet front-line sector, all traffic had to proceed along cleared lanes.
Remarks: Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to 'The Story of the Guards Armoured Division 1941-45' by Captain the Earl of Ross and Colonel Hill, L F Ellis' 'The History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' and 'The Coldstream Guards 1920-1946' by M Howard and J Sparrow