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Title:ASSAULT TROOPS IN THE MAKING [Allocated Title]
Film Number:AYY 350/5
Other titles:BRITISH ARMY OPERATIONS IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Training at the 54th Division Battle Training School at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The three exercises are: attacking an enemy pillbox on Goose Hill, a Bren carrier exercise and trapping Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
Description: 26 to 28 February. The platoon on a ten mile march. Instructors shout encouragement. Close ups of the men's faces. The mortar section laying a smokescreen. A rifleman camouflaging his helmet. A Bren gunner crawling on his stomach into position. He is Private V Holt of the 1st Berkshire Regiment, a die caster in Windsor before the war. He gives covering fire for the assaulting platoon. The section moving off to take up position for battle. Bren gunners give covering fire as the assault section advances through a smoke screen. The assault section charges the enemy position with fixed bayonets. Carrier crews receiving their orders and doubling to action stations. Carriers advancing from camouflaged positions in the wood. Carriers charging over open ground. A carrier breaks through a hedge. Carriers charging into action. A jeep takes a ditch. A jeep going over rough ground. Carriers charge across an area of rough ground. The wheels of a carrier as it moves off. The platoon in action. The ambushing party and a string of Armoured Fighting Vehicles advancing down the road. An AFV is attacked with small arms and grenades by the ambushing party. The AFV burning. The "enemy" leave the vehicle. Another AFV is brought to a standstill by a mine. The ambush party dash out to attack. An AFV is blown out of action by a sticky bomb.