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Title:ASSAULT UNITS BOUND FOR "SWORD" BEACH HEAD FOR THE INVASION COAST OF NORMANDY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 28-1
Summary: Film showing an LCT convoy en route for France with Force "S"
Description: I. With each vessel flying a barrage balloon, tank landing craft belonging to Group 7 carrying vehicles for 8th Brigade units and the 13/18th Hussars steam out of the Spithead. On the cameraman's own craft, LCT 215, two troopers from the Hussars watch the shore at Southsea recede. The three man crew of the LCT's port bridge Oerlikon gun is seen on duty. On the bridge, the captain, an RNVR Lieutenant, chats to another officer; a naval rating sends a message by flag to another vessel.
II. The LCT convoy steams through choppy waters towards France. As the moment nears, the Hussars' technical holds an 'O' Group with his NCOs; a three-man RN Bombardment Observation Team opens their sealed orders. A battleship, HMS Ramillies, steams past in the distance. Seven miles off 'Sword' Beach, LCTs carrying reinforcements for 8th Brigade steam past LCTs and the LSI(L)s Maid of Orleans, Glenearn and Empire Battleaxe. In the distance, Force "S"'s warships bombard shore targets; the cameraman's own LCT approaches the haze-covered 'Queen Red' Beach.
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Army Film Unit (Production company)
O'Neill, F D (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Keywords: Spithead, Hampshire, England, UK (geography)
English Channel (geography)
Seine (Bay), France (geography)
Notes: Part I of the synopsis was filmed on the evening of June 5th and Part II on the morning of D-Day itself. O'Neill's LCT group, Group 7, was supposed to touch down 45 minutes after the first assault wave. The 13/18th Hussars' technical adjutant, Captain Lyon-Clark, was killed in action a few weeks later. See with A70 21-4, A70 23-1, 2, 3, A70 25-5, A70 29-1 and A70 30-5 for footage taken by Sergeant O'Neill.
Excellent D-Day footage - best seen with the items of ciné material listed above.