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Title:THE 43RD (WESSEX) DIVISION CROSSES THE SEINE AGAINST SHERMAN OPPOSITION [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 136-10
Summary: A sustained barrage of high explosive shells and machine- gun fire is directed onto German machine-gun and mortar positions hindering both 129th Brigade's progress on the north bank of the Seine and attempts made by Royal Engineers to span the river with a Class 9 bridge.
Description: A Vickers machine-gun team belonging to the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment's 'A' company and a Cromwell tank from the 15/19th Hussars' 'C' squadron, using both its main armament and coaxial Besa machine-gun, bombard German positions on the north bank opposite Vernon.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Hussars, 15/19 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
British Army, Middlesex Regiment, 8th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Vickers medium machine gun (object name)
Vernon, Eure, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 135-3, 4 and 5, 136-9, 11 and 12, 139-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, 140-5, 141-3, and 142-6, 7 and 9 for footage showing 30th Corps crossing of the Seine at Vernon. The 15/19th Hussars, 11th Armoured Division's reconnaissance regiment had its 'C' squadron detachment from the regiment's main body and the rest of the division to assist 43rd Division's Seine crossing
Remarks: Good action footage. Best seen with items listed above, notably A70 136-9.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 43rd Wessex Division at War 1944-1945' by H Essame, Major-General Pakenham-Walsh's 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX', 2nd Army HQ's 'The Account of the Operations of the 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1.