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Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Training on a twenty five day course for men, officers and NCOs of the 54th Division at the Division Battle Training School at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Representatives from Belgium and other Allied armies also participate. The School is commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Lee of the Essex Regiment.
Description: 15 to 17 February 1943. Number 2 Section in training in the selection of lines of advance. Men crawl towards enemy positions. The men practise an assault on a pillbox under Major Bates (?), the chief instructor. A section advances along a railway embankment to their fire position. Assault sections advancing on the pill box. A rifle man and Bren gunner in fire position. Students crawl under and over fencing. Students crawl through double apron fencing. Students crawling and scrambling through the legs of another man who has himself crawled under a double apron fence and holds up the wire on his back for other members of the section to come through. Men tackling an assault course, crossing barbed wire and wading through mud. Students scaling a wall and swimming across a stream. NCOs scale a wall and prepare to swim the stream. A tow rope has been taken across by the section leader to assist non-swimmers. The NCOs swim to the bank and clamber ashore. Officer students do the same. Men swimming and pulling themselves across the stream followed by Captain A W W Watson, the adjutant of the Battle School. Lieutenant-Colonel J W G Lee follows the troops into the water and swims across. Men on another assault course crawl under tubular scaffolding and through anti-tank ditches filled with water, mud and wire. Explosions are thrown in as the men approach one of the ditches. Officers crossing the water and taking up fire positions. Riflemen in firing positions. Men scaling the sandpit through smoke.