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Title:54th DIVISION BATTLE SCHOOL INFANTRY TRAINING IN ASSAULT TACTICS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 340/3
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 February. Number 3 Section, Number 7 Platoon make an assault on a supposed enemy position. Men crawling up a bank. Men crawling on hands and knees, watching for the enemy. Men rolling on open ground and running under cover. The assault is made. The section commander gives instructions to his section whilst under cover, waiting to go into the final assault. Number 7 Platoon doubling along the road to an obstacle course. Men going under coils of wire six feet high. Men coming through the wire. Men vaulting the gate during daylight. Tackling the obstacle course at night.
16 February. Men on Leadership Course I getting under a barbed wire table. They emerge covered with black slime. Men crossing the four foot deep stream. Climbing over the high sandbags and down into the river. Men cross the river by swimming or using the rope held by the first man over. After the course the men leave in a lorry. A pack full of water is used as a shower. The adjutant Captain A W W Walton goes through with the men and falls in the mud. Men crossing a stream. Men come out of the river, wet and exhausted. A rifle in the mud. Going through the river.
17 February. Students on Leadership Course II come through a smokescreen in a sandpit, led by the section leader. Men charge sandbags with bayonets. There are explosions in the stream ahead. A man stuck in the mud is helped by his companion. Men fire their rifles after they come out of the stream. Men covered in mud and slime.