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Title:POOR QUALITY ROADS AFFECT VEHICLE MOVEMENT IN THE OVERLOON-VENRAIJ SECTOR OF 8TH CORPS FRONT (PART 1) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:A70 182-1
Summary: The onset of autumn in the marsh-ridden de Peel region of southern Holland hinders 2nd Army's attempt to eliminate the German bridgehead over the Maas west of Venlo and Roermond.
Description: An AFPU jeep is one of several vehicles seen slithering along a churned-up track through woodland between Overloon and Venraij leading up to 3rd Division's front (the other vehicles are a Bedford MW 15-cwt truck and a jeep from 2nd Army units). A REME Scammell wrecker lorry fitted with caterpillar tracks over its back wheels moves up to rescue an RAOC Bedford MWC 200-gallon water truck stuck in mud three feet deep.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations, War Office (Production sponsor)
Army Film and Photographic Unit (Production company)
Leatherbarrow, RichardPrior to the Second World War Leatherbarrow was a portrait photographer. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, transferring to the Army Film and Photographic Unit in 1943, when he received training at Pinewood. He was one of the cameramen on Juno Beach during the D-Day Landings. (Production individual)
Notes: Summary: See with A70 182-2, 12, 193-3 for footage showing traffic coping with the de Peel region's poor quality road network. Refer also to A70 192-4 and 5 which show 1st Corps' flooded lines of communications near Willemstad and to A70 176-1, 6, 7, 177-1 to 4, 180-1 to 5, 181-1, 2 for footage showing 8th Corps operations in the Overloon-Venraij sector.
Remarks: Good footage. Best seen with the items of ciné material listed above, notably A70 182-2 which contains similar footage.
Documentation/associated material: for a bibliography refer to the publications listed in A70 176-6 and 180-4.