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Title:BRITISH TROOPS ADVANCE SOUTH OF CAUMONT [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 105-2
Summary: The first prisoners are brought in soon after 8th Corps' offensive opens and 15th (Scottish) Division commits more troops to the attack.
Description: With their hands on their heads, Wehrmacht troopers from 326th Infantry Division's 752nd Grenadier Regiment are brought back to British lines for examination and interrogation. Behind them a 4th Grenadier Guards Churchill makes its way in the opposite direction down a narrow lane in 'bocage' country. The four prisoners are searched for their pay books; one of the Germans explains to his captors that he has lost his. A 2nd Glasgow Highlanders' signals carrier rumbles along a narrow leafy lane followed by a despatch rider and another Universal carrier. Outside Caumont, infantry march past a 15th (Scottish) Division sign warning them that the road ahead is under observation from German artillery spotters. Reinforcements for the division's push on 'Quarry Hill' march through the deserted and half-demolished town of Caumont and one of its suburbs (?), Villeneuve. A burnt- out German eight-wheeled armoured car lies upside down in the ruins. Three flail tanks from 'B' Squadron, 1st Lothian and Border Horse, rumble through Villeneuve (?) before joining the tanks of the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Laws, George E J1916-02-15 (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Corps 8 (regiment/service)
British Army, Highland Light Infantry, Bn 9 (Bn 2?) (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde 46 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div 15 (regiment/service)
British Army, Lothians and Border Horse, 1st Battalion (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Guards Tank Bde 6 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - funnies: M4 Sherman Crab & [British] (object name)
armour, British - carrier: Universal (object name)
armour, British - tank: Churchill (object name)
prisoners of war, German - reception (object name)
armour, German - armoured car: 8-wheel (object name)
materiel - wreckage (object name)
signs, military and civilian (object name)
destruction, French military - aimed: artillery (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Caumont, Pas-de-Calais, France (geography)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See with A70 105-1 for footage shot by Sergeant Grant. Refer also to A70 105-6 and 7 for material taken by Sergeant H J Jones and Harris and footage taken during Operation "Bluecoat". The burnt- out eight-wheeled armoured car on SdKfz 234/2 'Puma', probably belonged to the reconnaissance battalion of the 2nd (Vienna) Panzer Division which was stationed in this sector of the Normandy front.
Remarks: Good 'action' footage. Best seen with items of footage listed above.
Documentation/associated material: read 'The 15th (Scottish) Division 1939-1945' by Lieutenant-General H G Martin - one of the better divisional histories - 'The 6th Guards Tank Brigade - the story of Guardsmen in Churchill tanks' by P Forbes and 'An Account of the Operations of 2nd Army in Europe 1944-1945 : Volume 1' by 2nd Army HQ and 'History of the 2nd World War - Victory in the West : Volume 1' by L F Ellis