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Title:30TH CORPS ADVANCES TOWARDS MONT PINCON [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 113-17
Summary: Armoured units spearhead 30th Corps' two-pronged drive south-eastwards from Caumont to Le Mesnil-Auzouf and Aunay-sur- Odon.
Description: A Churchill AVRE from the 79th Armoured Division's 1st Assault Brigade RE rumbles out of the village of Le Mesnil-Auzouf. A shot-up Kübelwagen and a burnt-out SdKfz 250/1 half-track from the 21st Panzer Division (?) are found in a ditch by the N477 highway between Le Mesnil-Auzouf and Jurques; the driver of the Kübelwagen, unable to abandon his vehicle, has been burnt to a crisp. Further along the road a column of Sherman tanks (either from the 8th Armoured Brigade or 7th Armoured Division's HQ troop) and a lone Morris Bofors self-propelled gun passes an abandoned Sherman tank which has had its gun barrel shot away. At the cross-roads village of Jurques, 30th Corps sappers probe the roadside verges for mines; a two-man team of minehunters unearths two Teller mines. M10 Wolverines from the 65th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment RA bypass a crater blocking the road from Jurques to Aunay-sur-Odon.
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, Royal Engineers (regiment/service)
British Army, Corps 30 (regiment/service)
British Army, Div, Armoured, 79 (regiment/service)
British Army, Bde, Armoured, 8 (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, British - funnies: Churchill AVRE (object name)
transport, German military - car: Kübelwagen (object name)
casualties, German dead - battlefield (object name)
equipment, British military - damage control: mine detector (object name)
operations, British military - mines: clearance (object name)
armour, United States - SPG: M10 Wolverine (object name)
Teller mine (object name)
Operation Bluecoat, Mont Pinçon 1944, North West Europe, Second World War (event)
Normandy, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See A70 105-3, 4 and 5, 107-6, 7, 8, 9, 109-6, 112-3, 113-22, 25, 115-1, 2 and 3 and 116-9 for footage showing the 43rd (Wessex) Division in action during "Bluecoat" culminating in the capture of Mont Pincon. The wrecked German vehicles seen here may well have belonged to the 10th SS Panzer Division 'Frundsberg' which was also in this sector of the 5th Panzer Army's attenuated front-line.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 109-6 and 113-22
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, refer to the publications listed in A70 105-3 and 4.