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Title:8TH CORPS CONTINUES ITS ADVANCE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 116-8
Summary: The Germans retreat before the advance made by 8th British Corps and Vth US Corps in the Vire sector of the Normandy front, leaving behind them wrecked equipment and blown-up bridges.
Description: At La Graverie on the outskirts of Etouvy, a badly-damaged 8.8cm Flak 36 dual-purpose gun stands guard over the single-track railway line that runs from Vire to Le Beny-Bocage and beyond. The gun's railway command car, torn and twisted out of shape by bomb blast, lies derailed a few yards away. Three miles away to the south-east, the Vire-Estry road has been gapped by the Germans at Le Pont de Vaudry where it crosses the Alliere river south of Montisanger. Nearby, the river - in reality little more than a stream - has been bridged by a 3rd Division unit, 253rd Field Company RE, using a Valentine 'Scissors' bridgelayer.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Lawrie, William Fairlie1919-07-01Family origin: Glasgow, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, German - gun [AA]: 8.8cm Flak 40 dual-purpose gun & [damaged] (object name)
transport, French civilian - rail: locomotives and rolling stock (object name)
operations, Allied military - movement: river crossing (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 120-4, 121-1, 123-6, 125-1 and 126-1 for footage showing 3rd British Division units in action in the 'bocage' and to material showing 8th Corps formations in action during "Bluecoat". The '88' seen here, probably belonging to III Flak Corps which had 120-180 8.8cm AA guns deployed in Normandy both against Allied aircraft and tanks. See A70 113-15 for footage showing wrecked '88s'.
Remarks: Good shots of the 8.8cm Flak 36 gun. Best seen with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to L F Ellis 'The History of the Second World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' and Norman Scarfe's 'Assault Division' which is a history of the 3rd British Division.