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Title:SCENES IN 1ST CORPS' SECTOR OF 2ND ARMY'S BEACH-HEAD IN NORMANDY (PART 4) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 46-4
Summary: After having its D-Day push on Caen blocked by elements of the 12th SS and 21st Panzer Divisions, the 3rd British Division becomes enmeshed in countryside consisting alternatively of densely-grown woods, narrow leafy lanes and open, gently-sloping fields.
Description: A 3rd Division signaller sorts out a profusion of field telephone cables (?) leading to a junction box. Five weary men from the 1st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment (?) stride along a track leading through Le Mesnil Wood. The barrel of one of the Battalion's 6-pounder anti-tank guns, seen initially from its 'business' end, is traversed through several degrees by its two- man crew crouched low behind the gun shield. The camera pans over a grass field dotted with wild flowers lying before the 1st South Lancashire's forward positions near Cambes to a Staffordshire Yeomanry Sherman moving up to the skyline.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Grant, Ian James1917-04-16Family origin: Edinburgh, Scotland (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Lancashire Regiment, South, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 27 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Staffordshire (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Corps of Signals (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British military - movement: march (object name)
communications, British military - wire (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AT]: 6-pounder gun (object name)
armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
Second World War, North West Europe & Operation Overlord & 13/6/1944 (event)
Cambes-en-Plaine, Calvados, France (geography)
Le Mesnil Wood, Seine-Maritime, France (geography)
Notes: Summary: the Staffordshire Yeomanry was one of 27th Armoured Brigade's three regiments; along with the Brigade itself, the Yeomanry was disbanded at the end of July
Remarks: good footage - although the sequence showing the 6- pounder anti-tank gun barrel being traversed was filmed out-of- focus