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Title:ACTIVITIES NORTH OF CAEN, JUNE - EARLY JULY 1944 (PART 8) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 61-1
Summary: 1st Corps Engineers assemble a Bailey pontoon bridge on the Canal de Caen de la Mer.
Description: A 1st Corps Royal Engineers unit bulldozer clears away soil to make an approach road to the Class 40 Bailey pontoon bridge which is being assembled by 19th and 234th Field Companies RE over the Canal de Caen de la Mer two miles from Ouistreham, thus linking the Orne bridgehead to the rest of the British sector in Normandy. Sappers use sledgehammers to break up stone rubble delivered by a 1st Corps Royal Army Service Corps tipper truck unit which will form the foundations for a tarmacadam road leading to the canal crossing. 'York I' Bridge, which on completion will be 375 feet long, consists of two landing bays (which are seen here already in position on either side of the canal) and three floating bays, of which one is seen being assembled a short distance upstream from the site and eventually rowed into position.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Walter, Ernest Henry1919Family origin: Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers, Field Coy 19 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Engineers, Field Coy 234 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Service Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: engineering, military, British: bridge building (object name)
transport, British military - engineering: bulldozer (object name)
transport, British military - truck: tipper truck (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 28/6/1944 (event)
Canal de Caen À La Mer, Ouistreham, Calvados, France (geography)