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Title:PREPARATIONS FOR D-DAY NEAR THE INVASION EMBARKATION PORTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 19-4
Description: I. The camera examines a sign indicating the camp reception for Z.19 transit camp and an attached Red Cross station pointing towards a picturesque manor house on Southampton Common. A War Department notice forbids the public access to the camp. Within the perimeter empty tents await the arrival of the first assault troops. Men from the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers distribute palliasses among the tents, dig slit-trenches and line them with earth-filled sandbags and erect a Dannaert wire fence along the camp perimeter.
II. At Totton, Hampshire County Council workmen pour cement, sand and gravel into the hopper of a concrete mixer while cement bags are off-loaded from a lorry in the background. Two labourers level off a section of concrete during road widening work.
Notes: Summary: filmed for production 'X'. See with A70 9-1, 2, 17-1 to 3, 19-1 to 3 for footage showing road improvement work etc. Part I of the summary was filmed on 11/5/1944, part II on 12/5/1944.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 19-1 and 3 which contain similar, complementary footage.