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Description: Three Vickers medium machine-gun detachments belonging to the 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment's 'C' Company are seen in action. The cameraman focuses on one machine gun team laying down a creeping barrage on 276th Wehrmacht Infantry Division's positions, with steam being emitted from the Vickers' cooling jacket and condenser and discarded cartridges and ammunition belts piling up around the position. At a dugout which serves as 'C' company's HQ, the pipe-smoking captain in charge and four signallers receive firing orders from brigade HQ and relay them to their machine gun crews over field telephones; a bren-gunner crouching nearby scours the surrounding trees for snipers. A 3-man 4.2 inch mortar team from No. 14 platoon in the Cheshire Regiment's 'D' company attached to the machine gun company goes into action.
Notes: For footage showing tank, infantry, artillery and medical units in action with 50th Division during the fighting for Hottot see A70 77-11 to 14, 78-1, 2, 7, 79-4, 5, 7, 90-6 and 7. Some 140,000 rounds of Vickers .303 ammunition were expended by the Cheshire Regiments 'C' Company on 11th July 1944 in a well-orchestrated fire-programme designed to pulverise Hottot's defenders.
Remarks: Good action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 77-14 which features a 3-inch mortar team in action.