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Title:15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION ADVANCES WITH 12TH CORPS' TO THE LOWER SEINE (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 140-6
Summary: An unsuccessful attempt is made by the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders to cross the Seine near Le Mesnil-Ande on August 27th 1944.
Description: Shells fired by 227th Brigade's supporting artillery fall on German positions in open fields around Le Mesnil-Ande; a little further downstream are the remains of a railway bridge over the river which was probably destroyed by Allied bombing before D- Day. From high ground on the south bank, a 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment Vickers machine-gun team fires on German positions across the river. A section from the Gordon Highlanders' 'D' company waits its turn to board a storm boat in among bushes on the south bank; with grim expressions, the infantrymen set off towards the river's edge. Casualties are taken away for treatment on an ambulance jeep. Tracer shot wings its way from a 40th LAA Regiment RA Bofors gun to German positions along the north bank of the Seine as dusk falls. Next day, an Austin K5 three-tonner and a 4th Brigade HQ Weasel amphibious carrier move up towards the river.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Gordon, J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Gordon Highlanders, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 227 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Armoured Bde 4 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - amphibious: M29C Weasel (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Vickers medium machine gun (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
transport, United States military - utility: jeep (object name)
combat, British - artillery bombardment (object name)
Seine (River), France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 140-1, 2, 3, 141-2, 4, 143-8, 9, 145-6, 7, 10, 146-5, 6, 152-1, 2, 155-2 to 7 for footage showing 12th Corps' advance from Normandy across the Seine to northern Belgium late August - early September 1944. Refer generally to footage showing 30th Corps' assault across the Seine further upstream at Vernon, a much larger operation which also had its difficult moments.
Remarks: Good action footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 140-1, 2 and 3 (which contains similar sequences showing the assault across the Seine).
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 140-1 and 2 and read 'The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) 1919-1952' by Lieutenant-Commander Kemp (RN).