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Title:8TH CORPS FORMATIONS ADVANCE TO ST MARTIN DES BESACES [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 107-2
Description: Men of the 3rd Monmouth Regiment ride on the tanks of the 23rd Hussars as they and the rest of the 29th Armoured Brigade Group drive through 'bocage' country in the direction of St Martin des Besaces. On the road leading into the village from the north, the armoured and infantry procession passes a 'B' Squadron (?) 2nd Household Cavalry Daimler armoured car destroyed by a Panther tank the previous evening. In St Martin itself a calvary still stands more or less intact and nearby the route signs for the N175 highway points the way westward to Villedieu Les Poeles and Granville, which are both now in American hands. German unit direction signs bearing the names of battalion/battlegroup commanders have yet to be removed while 11th Armoured Division tightens its grip on the crossroads village. Brigadier Roscoe Harvey, commander of the 29th Armoured Brigade Group, rides through St Martin des Besaces in his Sherman command tank followed by a 159th Brigade Group Daimler scout car. Nearby, an officer examines a German wooden dummy tank, one of many found in the area.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Harris, L W J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Harvey, Charles Barnet "Roscoe" (person)
British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 159 Gp (regiment/service)
British Army, Hussars, 23 (regiment/service)
British Army, Monmouth Regiment, 3rd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 29 Gp (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 11 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - armoured car: Daimler scout car (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
signs, military and civilian (object name)
equipment, British military - decoy: dummy tank (object name)
equipment, British military - camouflage (object name)
memorials and monuments (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Calvados, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 107-1 for complementary material shot by Sergeant F A W Palmer and A70 107-3 for complementary footage taken by Sergeant Lawrie and refer generally to material showing the 11th Armoured Division and other 8th Corps formations in action during Operation "Bluecoat". The Daimler armoured car seen here was probably destroyed by a Jagdpanther (not a Panther tank) from Schwere Panzerjäger Abteilung 654.
Remarks: Good footage. See with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'La Charge du Taureau' by Jean Brisset (in French), 'Taurus Pursuant - the History of the 11th Armoured Division' by BAOR, 'The Tanks : Volume 2 1939-1945' by B H Liddell Hart', The Story of the 23rd Hussars 1940-1946' and 'Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis.