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Title:THE BRITISH 2ND ARMY ATTACKS SOUTHWARD FROM CAUMONT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 107-9
Summary: Coverage on both 30th and 8th Corps' front of various incidents during the initial phase of Operation "Bluecoat".
Description: Six Wehrmacht Infantrymen from 326th Division's 753rd Grenadier Regiment, evidently reconciled to the notion of captivity, eat what is left of their rations and exchange jokes among themselves while their guards from the 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment look on. Four 5th Dorsets infantrymen keep watch for snipers from a window in a cottage used as a forward outpost. A Wehrmacht medical orderly is taken away to the nearest POW cage by his 5th Dorsets escort. A Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank raises dust as it moves up towards Boussigny (?). A Morris Bofors self-propelled gun and two Canadian military-pattern tracks armed with Oerlikon 20mm cannons, all probably from 119th LAA Regiment RA, drive through the ruined town of Caumont followed by other 8th Corps military traffic.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Parkinson (Sergeant) (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Artillery (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Dorsetshire Regiment, 5th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 130 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 43 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
Keywords: prisoners of war (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, British - SPG: Morris Bofors (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 107-8 for similar footage and refer to A70 105-3, 4 and 5, 107-6 and 7, 109-3, 4 and 6, 112-3. 113-17, 22 and 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. The 326th Infantry Division had the misfortune to bear the initial brunt of 8th and 30th Corps assault from Caumont.
Remarks: Good footage - the reaction of the German POWs to their British captors is worth noting. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 107-8.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 105-3 and 4 and 107-8