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Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Men in training at the 54th Division Battle Training School at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Description: 19 to 22 February. Men putting dampened cocoa powder on their faces for camouflage. A section commander returns from a conference with the platoon commander, he leads the section away. Close-up of a Bren gunner. A section crawling along a ditch, some men rolling. Men running over interlocking branches to cross a stream and helping each other through wire. A rifleman pulls himself up the far bank and into the wood. A rifleman crawls from behind a bush. An explosion in the water as men cross a plank bridge. Men cross a bridge in smoke and cross a field. Men wading the stream and being pulled out. A rifleman covered in mud. Men's boots. Men on an exercise in the woods. Smoke from a mortar. Men entering the wood. Captain Grafton firing a catapult (to remind the men to stay down). One man is hit by the pebble from the catapult. Men looking over open ground. The men double to the lorries. Men of the 1st Buckinghamshire Battalion on an exercise. A carrier moves off from under the trees and travels over rough ground. Men eating dinner on their return to camp. The 279th Field Company, Royal Engineers carry out demonstrations. Sappers running through a smokescreen. A charge is planted to destroy a pillbox. The pillbox explodes. The final assault. A Very light is fired to show success. Damage to the barbed wire. A bayonet attack. A sergeant pressing a plunger to activate a fougasse. The flame fougasse. 100 pounds of amatol is exploded in another demonstration. A line of students on the edge of the crater. View of the bottom of the crater.
Production Details: War Office Film Unit (Production company)
Heaney (Gunner) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, 54th Division (regiment/service)
British Army, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers, 279th Field Company (regiment/service)
Keywords: Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England, UK (geography)