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Title:BRITISH MILITARY TRAFFIC COPES WITH FLOODS ON THE ROADS IN NORMANDY (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 90-3
Summary: Traffic negotiates floodwaters in Colleville-sur-Orne.
Description: Three cheerful sappers from a road or airfield construction group RE ride on an earth grader through the village in pouring rain. The cameraman focuses on the wheels of various types of wheeled vehicles - notably a Bedford MW truck, a Dodge tipper lorry, several Matchless motorcycles ridden by despatch riders and jeeps, a Bedford QLR lorry, several Austin K2 ambulances and Bedford OY and CMP 3-ton lorries - motoring through Colleville along flooded streets with road surfaces that have become deeply rutted through constant use. British army personnel wade through the floodwaters.
Notes: Note: For footage showing traffic coping with the Calvados region's over-worked road network, see A70 63-3, 5, 65-2, 71-6, 7, 79-3, 7, 8, 84-1, 92-2 to 5. Refer generally to Operation "Goodwood" footage.
Remarks: Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 92-5 which also features traffic encountering difficulties in 1st Corps' sector of the Normandy beach-head.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography, read Chester Wilmot's 'Struggle for Europe and L F Ellis' 'Victory in the West : Volume 1' and the many other Normandy campaign accounts which refer to the effect the Great Storm of July 20th 1944 had on ground operations.