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Title:ARMOUR AND INFANTRY ASSEMBLE FOR OPERATION 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 85-5
Description: Shermans and Fireflies belonging to the Staffordshire Yeomanry's 'C' squadron and M5 half-tracks belonging to 3rd British Division's RAMC (?) assemble between Herouvillette and Escoville prior to the commencement of 1st Corps' thrust towards Troarn; the troops on board the tanks belong to the 2nd KSLI. Daimler armoured cars and White and Daimler scout cars from the Inns of Court Regiment drive past the assembled armour and infantry force to another troop concentration guarded by a 92nd LAA Regiment RA Bofors gun detachment. An abandoned German gun emplacement can be seen in the background. At one of the Orne river crossings at Bénouville, a 2nd Grenadier Firefly tank rumbles over "Euston" bridge and is followed variously by transport from a 1st Corps RAMC unit and motorised infantry from the 1st Motor Battalion Grenadier Guards. A sign erected by the 51st (Highland) Division at the bridge exit shows the distances to major cities throughout the world.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Connolly, J R (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Shropshire Light Infantry, King's, 2nd Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 3 (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 1 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 27 (regiment/service)
British Army, Inns of Court Regiment (regiment/service)
British Army, Royal Army Medical Corps (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 185 (regiment/service)
British Army, Yeomanry, Staffordshire (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Firefly & [British] (object name)
armour, United States - halftrack: M5 (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: Daimler scout car (sawn off) (object name)
armour, British - armoured car: White scout car (object name)
operations, British military - movement (object name)
operations, British military - preparation (object name)
weapons, British - gun [AA]: 40mm Bofors (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Loyd (object name)
transport, British military - ambulance: Austin K2 3-ton 4x2 ambulance (object name)
engineering, military - british: 'Euston' Bridge (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
Euston Bridge, Benouville, Calvados, France (geography)
Escoville, Calvados, France (geography)
Hérouvillette, Calvados, France (geography)
Orne (River), France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 85-1, 2 and 5 for footage showing 185th Brigade's combined infantry and armour force assembling and 85-3, 4 and 8, 86-1, 2, 4 and 5 for material showing vehicles heading into the Orne bridgehead for Operation "Goodwood". Refer generally to footage showing 3rd British Division units in action during and shortly after the same British offensive.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items listed above.
Documentation/associated material: refer to books listed in A70 85-1 for a bibliography and see also 'The History of the Corps of Royal Engineers : Volume IX' by Major-General Pakenham-Walsh.