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Title:WRECKED 21ST PANZER DIVISION TANKS ARE DISCOVERED IN THE AFTERMATH OF 'GOODWOOD' [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 96-4
Summary: Some indication of what a heavy bombing attack could do to an armoured formation is given by this film showing German tanks wrecked and half-buried by the preliminary RAF bombardment to the opening of Operation "Goodwood" in the vicinity of Emieville.
Description: Shown are two types of tank, the PzKpfw IV Ausf H, armed with a 7.5cm L/48 gun - the most common design encountered by the Allies in Normandy - and the redoubtable Tiger I Ausf E, armed with the deadly 8.8cm L/56 gun. The force of the blast from the bombs has blown one 56-ton Tiger tank upside down and has removed bogies and tracks from the Mark IV 'Specials'. The surrounding woods are littered with abandoned German equipment.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Smales, Edgar Hiram1920-08-071984-09-19 (Production individual)
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Keywords: armour, German - tank: Pzkpfw IV Ausf H & [wrecked] (object name)
armour, German - tank: Pzkpfw VI Ausf E & Tiger I & [wrecked] (object name)
destruction, French military - area: bomb (object name)
01/5(4-16).233 [ Operation Goodwood] (event)
Emieville, Calvados, France (geography)
Notes: Note: See in relation to coverage of Operation "Goodwood", in particular A70 92-1 and 7. The Mark IVs seen here belonged to the 21st Panzer Division's 22nd Panzer Regiment and the Tiger Is to the 503rd Heavy Tank Battalion which was attached to the 21st Panzer Division during "Goodwood". Only three German battalions were equipped with the Tiger tank but their impact on the Allies was great.
Remarks: Good shots of destroyed Tigers and Mark IVs and generally a useful record of the effects of aerial bombing on armoured fighting vehicles.
Documentation/associated material: read 'Caen - Anvil of Victory' by Alexander McKee where reference is made to 503rd Heavy Tanks Battalion's ordeal during Operation "Goodwood".