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Title:THE 7TH ARMOURED DIVISION IN ACTION NEAR VILLERS-BOCAGE (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 49-5
Summary: The 'Desert Rats' retreat from Villers-Bocage, Amaye-sur-Seulles and Briquessard.
Description: Scattered groups of French refugees head towards safety with their meagre possessions along a road near Briquessard. A Humber scout car from the 8th Kings Irish Hussars' 'C' Squadron dashes by in the opposite direction. Troops from 131st (Queen's Brigade) hitch a ride on a 3rd Royal Horse Artillery Sherman OP tank 'Pegasus II'. An M5 halftrack 'Neal's Circus' in use by one of the division's signal detachments moves along a hedgerow-bound road in 'bocage' country.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Carpenter, L (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Bde 131 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 7 (regiment/service)
British Army, Kings Irish Hussars, 8th Battalion, Squadron C (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery, Royal Horse Artillery, 3rd Battalion (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - armoured car: Humber scout car (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman OP 'Pegasus II' & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 halftrack 'Neal's Circus' & [British] (object name)
operations, British military - movement: road (object name)
refugees, French - flight (object name)
Amaye-sur-Seulles, Calvados, France (geography)
Briquessard, Calvados, France (geography)
Villers-Bocage, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: for footage showing 7th Armoured Division in action with 30th Corps alongside 50th Division during June 1944, see A70 33-1 to 4 and 47-7 (which feature 'Desert Rat' units coming ashore after D-Day) and 49-4. The Division's attempt to outflank the 'Panzerlehr' Division by seizing Villers-Bocage was defeated by elements of 501st SS Heavy Tank Battalion the 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' and 2nd (Vienna) Panzer Division.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 41-3, 47-7 and 49-4.