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Title:TROOPS BELONGING TO AN ARMOURED REGIMENT PREPARE FOR D-DAY LANDINGS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 23-2
Summary: Tank crews prepare their machines for D-Day.
Description: A young woman takes her child for a walk past tank crewmen belonging to the 13/18th Hussars' 'C' Squadron doing last minute maintenance on their Sherman tanks parked along a surburban street in A7 Transit Camp, Portsmouth. A tank commander shows the little girl his .38 Enfield service pistol. Crew members rest and catch up with domestic chores in the warm summer sun. Men queue up to receive a hot lunch from a mobile canteen. Two cavalrymen are seen in close-up eating their meal which consists of mashed potato and stew.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
O'Neill, F D (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: British Army, Hussars, 13/18, Squadron C (regiment/service)
Keywords: armour, United States - tank: M4 Sherman & [British] (object name)
weapons, British - smallarm: Enfield .38 Mark I pistol (object name)
operations, British military - maintenance: armour (object name)
society, British military - sustenance (object name)
society, British military - friendship (object name)
GB, England & Portsmouth, Hants <A7 Transit Camp> (geography)
Notes: Remarks: good footage of its kind, especially in the way the cameraman introduces the little girl into the subject in order to emphasise the incongruity of men preparing machines of war for battle in an English suburban street on a warm summer's day