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Title:THE 11TH ARMOURED DIVISION IN ACTION ON THE SECOND AND THIRD DAYS OF OPERATION 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 90-2
Description: I. Cromwell tanks belonging to the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry 'brew-up' on the Bourguebus ridge during 11th Armoured Division's assault on Bras; a 3rd RTR Sherman reverses out of trouble in the foreground.
II. The camera examines a German position hidden by a thick hedgerow outside Demouville (?), notably the entrance to a dugout lined with timber and untidy jumble of soup containers, mess-tins, papers, tables, helmets, sleeping bags and Mauser Kar 98K rifles. A wrecked German BMW Kfz 2 signals car burns itself out. A Sherman tank destroyed by an '88' lies burnt-out among its own debris.
III. Accompanied by carriers and towed anti-tank artillery, infantrymen from 8th Rifle Brigade's 'F' and 'H' companies (?) deploy in extended order in wheatfields near the Colombelles- Falaise railway embankment before assaulting Grentheville.
IV. From the embankment, the camera surveys Cormelles and the Faubourg de Vaucelles, now in 2nd Canadian Corps' hands. In league behind the embankment are the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry surviving Cromwells and Humber scout cars. A bridge carrying the Colombelles-Falaise railway line over the Caen- Vimont road (?) is seen intact. 11th Armoured Division sappers remove German-laid gelignite charges from the bridge.
Notes: Note: Part (1) of the synopsis was filmed on 19/7/1944, Part (2) on 19/7/1944, Part (3) 18/7/1944 (?), Part (4) 20/7/1944. See A70 87-1, 2, 88-1, 89-3, 90-1, 4, 5, for footage showing 11th Armoured Division in action during "Goodwood". The 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry 11th Armoured Division's armoured recce unit - noted for its recklessness - suffered heavy casualties during "Goodwood".
Remarks: Excellent combat footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 89-3, 90-4 and 5 for complementary footage and with footage relating generally to "Goodwood".
Documentation/associated material: In addition to the publications listed in A70 87-1 and 90-1 for a bibliography, read 'The 1st and 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry 1939-1946' by BAOR.