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Title:TROOP MOVEMENTS IN THE HEAT AND DUST OF NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 90-9
Description: Universal carriers and jeeps belonging to the 1/6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment are driven past two wrecked Cromwell tanks destroyed three weeks earlier during Operation "Epsom" whilst in service with the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry. Nearby the hulks of several Loyd carriers have been left to gather rust and dust by the side of a road. Infantrymen belonging to the South Staffordshire Regiment march across dry and dusty fields towards 177th Brigade's front between Brettevillette and Noyers. Churchill tanks belonging to the 7th Royal Tank Regiment are shrouded in dust as they are driven past Le Haut du Bosq (?) up to their concentration area prior to supporting 129th Brigade's assault on Maltot.
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, Staffordshire Regiment, South, Bn 1/6 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 177 (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Tank Regiment, 7th Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Tank, 31 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 12 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - tank: Cromwell (object name)
armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Loyd (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 90-10 for virtually identical footage and refer to A70 83-4, 5, 6 and 8 and 84-2 and 3 for footage showing 59th Division units in action on 30th Corps' front. Refer also to material relating to Operation "Epsom", notably A70 59-3 for the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, and to 43rd (Wessex) Division's operations in the Odon valley near Hill 112.
Remarks: Good shots of armour and infantry moving up to the front in choking dust and heat. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 90-10.
Documentation/associated material: In addition to the publications listed in A70 83-4, refer to 'Your Men in Battle : The Story of the South Staffordshire Regiment 1939-1945' by the Express and Star (Wolverhampton), 'The 43rd (Wessex) Division at War 1944-1945' by Major-General Essame and 'The 1st and 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1939-1946' by BAOR.