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Title:DUKWS IN RASC SERVICE (PART 3) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 57-4
Description: I. DUKWs from 199th and 297th Company RASC head out to collect cargo from ships lying off 'Juno' Beach at Bernieres-sur-Mer and return with their loads. From the beachmaster HQ position overlooking 'Nan' Beach, the deputy beachmaster gives instructions to an LCM(1) down a microphone linked to a Tannoy speaker; beneath him a Sherman BARV belonging to No 23 Beach Recovery Section REME stands by to rescue drowned vehicles and stranded invasion craft near a mass of wrecked LCAs, invasion barges and German beach obstacles flung onto the top of the beach during the three-day long Channel gale. A Military Policeman regulates the movements of DUKWs from their special beach entry and exit point; officers from the RN Beachmaster party give instructions to RASC drivers as to which ships they are to collect cargo from.
II. The camera surveys the debris scattered along 'Nan' Beach near the Beachmaster HQ as DUKWs move to and fro across the shore; note the blockships from 'Gooseberry 4' breakwater visible further out to sea. A DUKW driver receives instructions from a Beachmaster party. An MP supervises the flow of traffic (as seen here two DUKWs and a CMP three-ton lorry) off the beach.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 293 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Summary: see with A70 41-8, 53-3, 4, 54-1, 55-1, 2, 57-2, 58-6, 70-1 for footage showing men and matériel being brought ashore over the D-Day invasion beaches. Part I of the synopsis was filmed on 23/6/1944, part II the following day. DUKW was the manufacturer's designation for the two-and-a-half-ton six-wheel drive amphibian; D - 1942, U - amphibian, K - all-wheel drive, W - dual rear axles.
Remarks: good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, particularly A70 57-2 and 3 which contain similar, complementary footage.
Documentation/associated material: refer to the publications listed in A70 41-8 for a bibliography.