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Title:EXERCISE FABIUS II: AMPHIBIOUS LANDING PRACTICE BY 50TH NORTHUMBRIAN DIVISION AT HAYLING ISLAND, HAMPSHIRE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 14-6
Summary: A month before the invasion of Normandy, troops of 69 Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division take part in Exercise Fabius II, a large-scale amphibious landing rehearsal.
Description: Wide shot as Landing Craft Tanks (LCTs) approach the beach; in the foreground are barricades. Tanks disembark from the LCTs. A tank passes through the barricades. View from the beach; infantry hurry along. Landing Craft Assault (LCA) 921 beaching; it displays a sign ‘PBM’ (Principal Beachmaster?). Troops (possibly Commandos) disembarking. Men disembarking directly towards camera. They drag a wheeled cart off the LCA. LCT 7009 approaching. Dramatic shot as 7009 drops her ramp directly in front of the camera.
Troops march along a rural road. Soldiers resting in a graveyard; soldiers recline next to the headstone of an Ann Kibblewhite nee Ogburn, died 2nd February 1929. Signaller with a wireless set. Looking into the churchyard from the road. Troops wading ashore from US Navy Landing Craft Infantry 506. Troops come ashore towards camera.
Sherman tanks parked at the roadside. LCT 928 approaching shore and beaching alongside LCT 1079 and 1034; beachmasters wave signal flags. Sherman disembarking from LCT 928. Jeeps and command cars disembarking. Close shot of a Sherman disembarking.
Sherman marked A16 coming ashore. Another Sherman, also marked A16, coming ashore. Further Shermans. Close-up of a half-track entering the water. Beachmaster waving flag with close-up.
Troops marching along the beach. Troops standing around a fire with a cooking tin on it; the men wear shorts. The men hold their wet clothes close to the fire. Looking along a long line of Sherman tanks. Looking along an even longer line of beached LCTs with waves gently rolling ashore. Parked tanks on the beach.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
Handford, Peter1919-03-212007-11-06Handford is known as a a pioneer of location sound recording. He was an AFPU Lieutenant photographer during the Second World War. He volunteered as part of the British Expeditionary Force and went to France, though he was evacuated after the German invasion. He returned as a cameraman in the D-Day landings. He was shot during fighting two days later, saved by a diary and silver cigarette lighter in his pocket. He was informant in the "Wartime Filming" interview project. His first major film was in 1949 working for Alfred Hitchcock. However, what he is best known for is his involvment in the English new wave cinema movement of the 1960s. Later he was involved in did the sound for famous films such as Gorillas in the Mist and Dangerous Liaisons. He retired in 1988. (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division (Tyne Tees Division) (regiment/service)
British Army, 69th Brigade (regiment/service)
Royal Navy (regiment/service)
United States Navy (regiment/service)
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