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Title:THE 21ST ARMY GROUP COMMANDER DECORATES TROOPS SERVING WITH THE 3RD DIVISION FOR GALLANTRY (PART 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-7
Summary: The 21st Army Group commander decorates 3rd British Division troops at 185th Brigade headquarters at Cazelle.
Description: General Montgomery inspects the four-man Guard of Honour at the entrance to the château; nearby Sergeant Smales AFPU can be seen filming the event. Accompanied by Major-General Whistler, 3rd Division's commander, Montgomery is introduced to the brigade's four unit commanders, Lieutenant-Colonel Gibbs, Bellamy, Millett and Foster, before they all go into the château. The group of officers steps out onto the lawn at the rear of the building where a presentation table and the brigade's HQ company are ready for the investiture. Montgomery decorates several men and then gives a pep talk to the entire gathering. Before leaving, he chats to the four unit commanders, their brigadier and their divisional commander and is driven away in 'Old Faithful' with Major-General Whistler and Lieutenant-Colonel Gibbs, the 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment's CO.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Montgomery, Bernard Law (person)
Whistler (Major General) (person)
Smith (Brigadier) (person)
British Army, Army Film and Photographic Unit (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 185 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Shropshire Light Infantry, King's, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ceremonies, Allied - display: inspection (object name)
pep talk (object name)
ceremonies, Allied - event-related: investiture (object name)
transport, British military - car: Humber staff car (object name)
Notes: Note: See with A70 83-9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 136-6, 160-3 and 4 for footage showing Montgomery decorating troops under his command for gallantry and refer to the large amount of ciné material in which Montgomery features. 3rd Division's D-Day commander was Major-General Rennie, whom Whistler replaced when he was wounded by a landmine. Rennie soon recovered and took command of the 51st (Highland) Division.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 136-6 which contains complementary footage (shot from ground level).
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 136-6